Dental Sciences

Description

The Dental Sciences program provides training in dental radiographs, pit and fissure sealants, coronal polishing, and topical fluoride application. Earn a certificate and pursue work as a Dental Assistant.

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Program Information

Dental Sciences is a four-term program accredited by the Commission on Dental Sciences which provides you with the opportunity to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a dental clinic or dental office.

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to provide basic support under the supervision of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. Instruction occurs in classrooms, laboratories, and dental clinics. The program prepares you for state certifications in dental radiographs, pit and fissure sealants, coronal polishing, and topical fluoride application.

This program also prepares you for your Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam.

Career Opportunities

Dental assistants who have been trained in CNM's rigorous dental sciences program are in demand both in the metropolitan areas of New Mexico and in rural areas across the state. Dental assistants work closely with dentists and dental hygienists in private offices, dental clinics, dental supply companies, dental laboratories, hospitals, mobile dental clinics, or for school programs.  

Interested in learning about gainful employment as a Dental Assistant? Check out the Office of Career and Job Placement for more information. 

Related Information

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid New Mexico Radiation Health and Safety Certificate, are a certified Dental Assistant, or are a Registered Dental Hygienist you can receive credit for courses towards the Dental Sciences programs by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (Community Dental Health Coordinator) form. 

Links

Virtual Tour: Dental Lab