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Dental Assisting Orthodontic Expanded Functions

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Program Description

This course prepares current dental assistants to learn expanded orthodontic dental assisting functions as approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners (MBDE) and prepares them to take the Maryland Dental Assisting Expanded Orthodontic Functions Examination. These expanded functions are advanced tasks that require increased skill and responsibility. Students must be employed in an orthodontic office where their orthodontist will sign off on their clinical skills. Course topics include: preparing, fitting and cementing orthodontic bands; placing and removing arch wires; and isolating, etching, bonding and placing brackets.

Program Outcomes

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate. Students will be prepared to take the Maryland Dental Assisting Orthodontic Expanded Functions Examination.

Certifying Organization:

Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

7 weeks

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Letter from your current dental employer stating their willingness to supervise and assess your skills.

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Verification from current dentist agreeing to supervise and perform skills assessment.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



AHL 868

Orthodontic Expanded Functions


Modern Dental Assisting; 12th edition; written by Bird & Robinson; published by Elsevier; ISBN 9780323430302; $103.07



Additional Information

Skills for Success:

See Technical Standards at the end of this document.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Beverly Davidson



Administrative Assistant:

Carole Parlett


Essex, HTEC 001

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC’S Dental Assistant Training Series

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Dental Assistant Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a chair side dental assistant in a dental office.  The duties of a dental assistant require the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time, in sometimes awkward positions, while constantly being focused on the task at hand. Dental assistants need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to work accurately and quickly. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital. Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:


Physical Requirements:

  1. Sufficient strength and mobility to:
  • Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements
  • Keep hand and arm steady while performing a task with the other hand and arm.


  1. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:
  • Handle delicate instruments with precision
  • Safely handle sharp instruments
  • Handle instruments and equipment that may be costly to replace if damaged
  • Quickly and precisely adjust controls on equipment
  • Perform basic repairs to instrumentation
  • Clean and assemble instrumentation


  1. Adequate vision to:
  • Read and interpret digital or traditional radiographs
  • Adequate distinction of colors to read and interpret sterilization indicators
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screen  


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  1. Have the ability to:
  • Work in a professional manner under sometimes stressful situations
  • Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  • Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, instrumentation, and procedures
  • Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession,
  • Maintain a conscience/professional morality in the application of infection control techniques
  • Willingness to precept (train) others
  1. Sufficient communication skills to:
  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address (i.e. problem with machinery that could affect sterilization; admission of own errors, etc.)


Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  • Accept feedback from others


Environment Requirements:

  1. The dental assisting profession involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:
  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning agents and chemicals and blood-borne pathogens
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening


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