Dental Assisting : Emily Griffith Technical College

Dental Assisting

We have full-time and part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Are you interested in dentistry but not sure if becoming a dentist is right for you? Training to be a dental assistant will give you the tools you need to start working in the dental industry now!

What’s a dental assistant? Dental Assistants are the front-line providers in the dental office, working directly with patients and assisting dentists with procedures, as well as performing a variety of laboratory procedures. 

Through labs in our simulated classroom dental lab and a clinical internship in a dental environment, Emily Griffith’s online/on-campus program prepares you with the medical knowledge and experience you need to become a well-respected member of a dental team.

You’ll develop skills in conducting chair-side procedures, radiology and X-rays, practice management, patient education, infection control and laboratory work. 

Clinical placement: Students will be required to complete 300 clinical internship hours in order to complete the program.

Facilities: Practice your skills in our fully functioning, on-site dental lab so you’ll be ready to work as a professional dental assistant. 

Want more information? Get the Dental Assisting Program Flyer and the Dental Assisting Program Checklist.

Important: In order to register for this program, you will need to complete a criminal background check, a drug test and show proof of vaccinations. Review the program checklist for more details.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Dental Assisting Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Dental Assisting program have gone on to these jobs:

  • Chairside Dental Assistant
  • Dental Front Office Management
  • Dental Lab Tech Assistant
  • Dental Insurance
  • Dental Supply Representative

With additional training graduates of the Dental Assisting program can go on to become an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant, a Dental Hygienist, or even a Dentist.

Health & Wellness
$7,917
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
Part Time Program
8 Months
Program length
8/16/2021
Next Start Date
1/4/22
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

DEA 101 Dental Terminology

Includes colloquial versus professional terminology, word elements and structure as they apply to dental terminology.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 101 Dental Terminology

Includes colloquial versus professional terminology, word elements and structure as they apply to dental terminology.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 102 Principles of Clinical Practice

Includes techniques used in four handed dentistry, instrument identification, and armamentarium for tray set-ups. Covers sterilization and aseptic procedures.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 102 Principles of Clinical Practice

Includes techniques used in four handed dentistry, instrument identification, and armamentarium for tray set-ups. Covers sterilization and aseptic procedures.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 104 Specialties in Dentistry

Focuses on armamentarium of specific tray set-ups for periodontics, endodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. Examines pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and implants. Includes diagnosis, treatment, and the dental assistant's role in each specialty.

Start Date: 06/13/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 104 Specialties in Dentistry

Focuses on armamentarium of specific tray set-ups for periodontics, endodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. Examines pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and implants. Includes diagnosis, treatment, and the dental assistant's role in each specialty.

Start Date: 02/21/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 111 Dental Office Management

Includes office management and clerical practices, scheduling appointments, completing daily records, insurance and tax forms, bookkeeping and recall systems, and ordering supplies.

Start Date: 05/16/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 111 Dental Office Management

Includes office management and clerical practices, scheduling appointments, completing daily records, insurance and tax forms, bookkeeping and recall systems, and ordering supplies.

Start Date: 01/17/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 120 Introduction to Dental Practices

Includes roles and responsibilities of the dental health team; educational background for the various specialties including general practitioner, hygienist, dental assistant; history, legal implications, ethical responsibilities and the role of professional organizations

Start Date: 01/25/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 120 Introduction to Dental Practices

Includes roles and responsibilities of the dental health team; educational background for the various specialties including general practitioner, hygienist, dental assistant; history, legal implications, ethical responsibilities and the role of professional organizations

Start Date: 09/07/2021
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 121 Dental Science I

Includes fundamentals of the oral structures as they apply oral histology, embryology, morphology, pathology, dental anatomy, and dental charting.

Start Date: 03/01/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 121 Dental Science I

Includes fundamentals of the oral structures as they apply oral histology, embryology, morphology, pathology, dental anatomy, and dental charting.

Start Date: 10/11/2021
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 122 Dental Science II

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: 05/02/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 122 Dental Science II

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: 12/13/2021
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 123 Dental Materials I

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: 03/22/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 123 Dental Materials I

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: 10/11/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 124 Dental Materials II

Includes fundamentals of dental materials as they apply to clinical and laboratory applications of hydrocolloid and elastomeric impressions materials, gypsum products, dental waxes, study and final working models, and fabrication of provisional crowns, custom impression trays and bleaching trays.

Start Date: 05/23/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 124 Dental Materials II

Includes fundamentals of dental materials as they apply to clinical and laboratory applications of hydrocolloid and elastomeric impressions materials, gypsum products, dental waxes, study and final working models, and fabrication of provisional crowns, custom impression trays and bleaching trays.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 125 Dental Radiography

Focuses on the science of radiography, the application of radiographic techniques, and aseptic techniques.

Start Date: 02/14/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 125 Dental Radiography

Focuses on the science of radiography, the application of radiographic techniques, and aseptic techniques.

Start Date: 09/27/2021
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 126 Infection Control

Includes basic information concerning infection and disease transmission in the dental office. Emphasizes knowledge of microorganisms, with an emphasis on aseptic techniques, sterilization, and hazardous communication management.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 126 Infection Control

Includes basic information concerning infection and disease transmission in the dental office. Emphasizes knowledge of microorganisms, with an emphasis on aseptic techniques, sterilization, and hazardous communication management.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 131 Advanced Dental Radiography

Includes theory and techniques of exposing intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs on adults, children, edentulous, and special needs patients. Covers dental anatomy radiographic interpretation and aseptic techniques. Enables the student to expose radiographs on the x-ray mannequin and patients. Students must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Start Date: 06/13/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 131 Advanced Dental Radiography

Includes theory and techniques of exposing intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs on adults, children, edentulous, and special needs patients. Covers dental anatomy radiographic interpretation and aseptic techniques. Enables the student to expose radiographs on the x-ray mannequin and patients. Students must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Start Date: 02/21/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 132 Medical Emerg in Dental Office

Includes techniques for taking and reading vital signs. Emphasizes recognition, prevention, and management of medical emergency situations in the dental office. Covers completing and updating patient health history. Addresses pharmacology.

Start Date: 01/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 132 Medical Emerg in Dental Office

Includes techniques for taking and reading vital signs. Emphasizes recognition, prevention, and management of medical emergency situations in the dental office. Covers completing and updating patient health history. Addresses pharmacology.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 134 Prevent/Nutrition Dentistry

Emphasizes techniques in preventive dentistry to include application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants, oral home care instruction, diet counseling and nutrition as it applies to dental health. Covers techniques for coronal polishing, extra-oral and intra-oral examination, and dental charting.

Start Date: 04/18/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 134 Prevent/Nutrition Dentistry

Emphasizes techniques in preventive dentistry to include application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants, oral home care instruction, diet counseling and nutrition as it applies to dental health. Covers techniques for coronal polishing, extra-oral and intra-oral examination, and dental charting.

Start Date: 11/15/2021
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 181 Internship I: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform clinical dental assisting skills in a dental office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) .

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 181 Internship I: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform clinical dental assisting skills in a dental office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) .

Start Date: 04/04/2022
Instructor: Roland Martinez
DEA 182 Internship II: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform and advance clinical dental assisting skills in a general dental office, specialty office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 182 Internship II: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform and advance clinical dental assisting skills in a general dental office, specialty office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Start Date: 04/04/2022
Instructor: Tonya Robinson
DEA 101 Dental Terminology

Includes colloquial versus professional terminology, word elements and structure as they apply to dental terminology.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 102 Principles of Clinical Practice

Includes techniques used in four handed dentistry, instrument identification, and armamentarium for tray set-ups. Covers sterilization and aseptic procedures.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 104 Specialties in Dentistry

Focuses on armamentarium of specific tray set-ups for periodontics, endodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. Examines pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and implants. Includes diagnosis, treatment, and the dental assistant's role in each specialty.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 111 Dental Office Management

Includes office management and clerical practices, scheduling appointments, completing daily records, insurance and tax forms, bookkeeping and recall systems, and ordering supplies.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 120 Introduction to Dental Practices

Includes roles and responsibilities of the dental health team; educational background for the various specialties including general practitioner, hygienist, dental assistant; history, legal implications, ethical responsibilities and the role of professional organizations

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 121 Dental Science I

Includes fundamentals of the oral structures as they apply oral histology, embryology, morphology, pathology, dental anatomy, and dental charting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 122 Dental Science II

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 123 Dental Materials I

Includes survey of human anatomy and physiology, the structure of the head and neck as applied to dental assisting, the function of the maxilla and mandible, processes, foramen, sutures, and major nerve and blood supply.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 124 Dental Materials II

Includes fundamentals of dental materials as they apply to clinical and laboratory applications of hydrocolloid and elastomeric impressions materials, gypsum products, dental waxes, study and final working models, and fabrication of provisional crowns, custom impression trays and bleaching trays.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 125 Dental Radiography

Focuses on the science of radiography, the application of radiographic techniques, and aseptic techniques.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 126 Infection Control

Includes basic information concerning infection and disease transmission in the dental office. Emphasizes knowledge of microorganisms, with an emphasis on aseptic techniques, sterilization, and hazardous communication management.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 131 Advanced Dental Radiography

Includes theory and techniques of exposing intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs on adults, children, edentulous, and special needs patients. Covers dental anatomy radiographic interpretation and aseptic techniques. Enables the student to expose radiographs on the x-ray mannequin and patients. Students must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 132 Medical Emerg in Dental Office

Includes techniques for taking and reading vital signs. Emphasizes recognition, prevention, and management of medical emergency situations in the dental office. Covers completing and updating patient health history. Addresses pharmacology.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 134 Prevent/Nutrition Dentistry

Emphasizes techniques in preventive dentistry to include application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants, oral home care instruction, diet counseling and nutrition as it applies to dental health. Covers techniques for coronal polishing, extra-oral and intra-oral examination, and dental charting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 181 Internship I: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform clinical dental assisting skills in a dental office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) .

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
DEA 182 Internship II: Dental

Provides an opportunity to perform and advance clinical dental assisting skills in a general dental office, specialty office or clinical setting and work toward completing clinical hours required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
EMILY’S STORIES


“I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S.”
— Adnan

In Syria, Adnan studied pharmacology in college and worked as a Pharmaceutical Representative and in medical sales for 7 years. When he first arrived here in Denver, he heard about Emily Griffith and started taking English classes. “One of the challenges I faced upon arriving was getting familiar with new words, new language, new environment, new expectations,” explains Adnan. “I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S. It was really expensive in Colorado and a challenge to get a job. I got a job as a driver, but it wasn’t in my field and I didn’t make enough to pay my expenses.”

He says that Tiffany Jaramillo helped him in the CAREERS program and once his English was good enough he worked on getting into the Pharmacy Tech program. “I needed to get my high school diploma from my country, but this was too hard because my country was in the war. I had to get the documents I had translated and then work with the Health Science department to get approved with what I had,” explains Adnan.

The Pharmacy Tech classes have had their own challenges for Adnan. “I had to learn a new vocabulary and medical words. My primary language is Arabic and most of the people in my class speak English,” he says. “Mr. Joe has helped me if I need specific or more help or clarifications. He is a helpful man.”

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