Introduction and Review of Basic Dental Assisting


CE Hours:   35    Lecture, Hands-On, Workshop

Admission Criteria:
high school diploma or GED equivalency is required

Upon finishing each program the attendee will receive:

  • Summary of training
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Certification in radiology approved by the BORID (Board of Registration in Dentistry)
  • Infection control in the dental health care setting update
  • Certification: American Heart Association two year BLS Healthcare Provider card

This unique program builds a solid foundation of the requisite skills for entry-level dental assistants. It is a combination of didactic and hands-on classes and is especially beneficial to newly hired dental assistants who have yet to receive adequate training. This affordable program also benefits dental practices so that their new employees can gain necessary skills and knowledge.


Please note: The radiology lecture will be held on Friday, October 3 with the clinical session on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Radiology lecture and clinical session are included in the program.


Session Topics:

Introduction to Dental Assisting and Basic Terminology

The dental team, history of dental assisting, operatory, dental specialties, dental vocabulary and terminology


CPR/BLS/Dental Practice Emergencies

CPR, identification and preparation for treating common medical and dental emergencies


Dental Charting and Medical History Review

Dental anatomy, cavity classifications, charting symbols, documentation, abbreviations


Patient Management (Positioning)

Importance of preparing the patient for dental treatment, explaining treatment, giving post-operative instructions, creating patient acceptance, patient positioning in chair, seating of the dental


Infection Control (Risk Management, OSHA, Waste Management, Sterilization)

Modes of disease transmission, disinfection and sterilization methods and equipment, personal protective equipment


Basic Clinical Skills and Four Handed Dentistry

Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting

Dental Materials/Instruments/Tray Systems

Categories of, usages, handling, mixing, and precautions for common dental materials and some newer products


Impression Taking

Impression materials, theory, uses, manipulation of alginates


Model Pouring and Temporary Crown

Pouring models, fabrication of temporary crown, finishing and seating of provisionals. Personal protective equipment.


Radiology Certification

Lecture/Clinical Session

To enable auxiliaries to expose, process, mount and evaluate radiographs and to be qualified to expose radiographs in MA according to BORID



Pamela Donovan, CDA, RDH, MEd, dental assistant instructor, Blackstone Valley Technical High School,
former instructor, Quinsigamond Community College, dental hygiene and former Oral Health Consultant for the Department of Public Health and a practicing clinical dental hygienist

Kathy Eklund, RDH,
director, occupational health and safety, The Forsyth Institute and adjunct faculty                       member, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Mount Ida College

Anita Gohel, BDS, PhD, diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Oral Medicine; 
director, oral diagnosis and radiology and associate professor, department of general dentistry,                             Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Ellen Gambardella, CDA, MEd, former director, dental assisting, Minuteman Career and Technical Training              School and has been appointed by the Department of Education to develop dental assisting teacher licensing examinations for Massachusetts

Kelly Hartman, MEd,
certified CPR/AED/first aid instructor

Mary Ellen Sholes, AAS,
dental radiology technologist, Boston University Goldman School of Dental                                       Medicine

(Included in the fee)

Prepare to Take the DANB CDA Exam Seminar

Date:               Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time:               Registration: 8:30 am, Seminar: 9:00 am-2:30 pm

Instructor:      Pamela Donovan, CDA, RDH, MEd


*Please note: This program is not a formal training program pursuant to regulations under consideration by the Board of Registration in Dentistry

Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met. Call (800) 342-8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather. Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the basic dental assisting course offered at Massachusetts Dental Society. As a teacher and someone who has never worked in the field of dentistry, I was a little nervous that I would be unable to keep up with the class. However, I was able to follow along with ease. The curriculum, as well as the binder full of notes, power points, and other materials were a very helpful resource. I enjoyed the hands-on and interactive lessons, which helped me apply what I was learning in the lectures to a ‘real-life’ scenario. The staff at MDS was very friendly and supportive and were always asking if they could be of help to anyone in the class. This class was a great introduction into the field of dentistry, and I would highly recommend this course to anyone. It was a great experience and helped me develop a further interest in dentistry.  Thank you MDS!”  -
Meghan Croft

Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met.
Call (800) 342-8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather.

Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date


Introduction and Review of Basic  Dental Assisting

September 2 - 27, 2014
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
MDS Headquarters

Radiology Certification Program

Friday, October 3, 2014 Radiology Lecture, MDS Headquarters
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Clinical Session, BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Prepare to Take the DANB Exam (optional seminar) 

Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
MDS Headquarters

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