Dental Administrative Specialist Certificate

Designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in dental office administration. These positions may include receptionists, treatment coordinators, financial coordinators, or dental office managers.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $5,912.28

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Students must receive a No Record on File report from the Washington State Patrol related to Crimes against Persons.

Students will receive online instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local dental office or clinic.

Students receive training in administration, including greeting and scheduling patients, handling billing and insurance claims, collecting payments, arranging treatment plans, and managing business documents.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development enhanced.

This program is approximately four quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. The courses in this program are offered in an online format.

Basic keyboarding skills, general computer fundamentals training, and efficiency in using the Microsoft word processing program is recommended.

All courses are taught online; students need to have an up-to-date computer with internet access. To be fully self sustaining at home you will also need a printer with fax, copy and scan abilities. The CPTC library has these technologies available for student usage during open business hours.

To enter the program, a student must test and take Math 91 (or higher) during the first quarter of the program. Students must test at college-level English, and psychology or another social science or humanities course.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ACTG 110 Bookkeeping I 4
ACTG 141 Quickbooks I 2
DBOA 103 Dental Terminology & Procedures 4
DBOA 111 Dental Charting, Scheduling and Recall Management 5
DBOA 119 Dental Documents & Inventory Systems 4
DBOA 120 Dental Insurance 6
DBOA 121 Fiscal Management 6
DBOA 127 Professional Communications 6
DBOA 128 Dental Law & Ethics 5
DBOA 135 Dentrix Advanced Training 2
DBOA 138 Work-Based Learning Experience 10
  Students will take a requirement of 4 credits of computer skills courses. Recommended electives below. 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 107 Business Math (preferred) (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV or
SOC 100DIV
General Psychology (or higher) 5
  Total Credits for Completion 73

Recommended Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
CAH 105CL Computer Applications 3
CAS 105 Keyboarding 3
CAS 115CL Introduction to Computing 3
CAS 121CL Word I 3
CAS 125CL Word II 3
CAS 130CL Excel I 3
CAS 135CL Excel II 3
CAS 141CL Powerpoint 3
CAS 145CL Publisher 5