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Dental Assistant and Dental Radiology Information Session

If you are interested in Brookdale’s Dental Assistant and Dental Radiology program, you should attend one of the following information sessions. You will learn about the program, prerequisite requirements, understand the job outlook, and learn the role of a Dental Assistant or Dental Radiology Technician to see if this is the right career for you.

Click here to register on eventbrite: Thursday, December 19th, 6:00 pm, Lincroft Campus ATeC 104

Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Brookdale offers both the Dental Assistant and Dental Radiology Programs. Students are encouraged to take both programs to be the most marketable in this field.


Job Description

Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping, in a dental office. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

Duties typically include:

  • Work with patients to make them comfortable in the dental chair, and to prepare them for treatments and procedures
  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials
  • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures
  • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses or other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper dental hygiene
  • Keep records of dental treatments
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Work with patients on billing and payment

Dental Assistant

Barbara Keogh, RDA

Learn the entry level skills to enter the exciting and rewarding field of dentistry. Students will learn all areas of the field to be able to work efficiently in a dental environment. They will learn how to work closely with the dentist and hygienist as a member of the team and to assume the overall responsibilities of a dental assistant.

Areas of Study: Introduction to charting, terminology, procedures, materials in all dental specialties and front office management. 72 hours.

Prerequisites: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED.

Note:Textbook required. An additional fee will be charged to students for class make-up hours. 100% attendance required.

Tues. & Wed. Mar 3-May 20, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Brookdale at Hazlet
Laboratory: Shrewsbury Pediatric Dentistry

Fee and Code: $1029, XMEDD 001
Textbooks not included. Click here for the Textbook and Supply list.

No online registration available.

For further information contact 732-224-2007 or email cpshealthcare@brookdalecc.edu.

This program is eligible for Veterans Education Benefits


Dental Radiologic Technology

This program Is approved by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

Now includes Dental Assisting National Board’s Radiation Health and Safety Examination

The program includes 25 didactic hours, 20 lab hours and a required clinical practicum with competency testing in a dental office that performs intraoral radiographic procedures, using both paralleling and bisecting angle techniques, and has digital x-ray equipment. Students can locate their own dental offices that are willing to provide this clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed dentist, licensed dental hygienist or licensed x-ray technologist. Otherwise, Brookdale will provide potential clinical sites for students. The instructor will provide an explanation of the clinical requirements along with necessary paperwork to be completed by the chosen office.

Students will take the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Examination upon successful completion of all components and the return of the radiation badge. At that time a certificate of completion will be issued.
After passing the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Examination, submitting a license application and becoming a New Jersey licensed Dental Radiologic Technologist, you will be permitted to use the credential, LRT (D).

Prerequisites (Instructions to access prerequisite forms will be emailed to you upon registration):

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • NJ requires that students must attest, in writing, to their good moral character
  • Dental Assistant Program or equivalent experience

Note: Textbook required. An additional fee will be charged to students for class make-up hours. 100% attendance required.

Class and Lab: Wed, Jan 15-Apr 22, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Brookdale at Hazlet
Scheduled makeup days: Apr 29 & May 6 – Brookdale at Hazlet
Laboratory: Shrewsbury Pediatric Dentistry
Student status meeting: Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Brookdale at Hazlet
Clinical requirements must be completed by: Fri, Jun 26, 2020
Exam: TBD

Fee and Code: $1299, XMEDD 002 (includes exam and radiation badge)
Textbooks not included. Click here for the Textbook and Supply list.

No online registration available.

For further information contact 732-224-2007 or email cpshealthcare@brookdalecc.edu.

Dental Radiology Scholarship

Brookdale has received a S.M.I.L.E. Mini-Grant from the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation, Inc.
The purpose of the grant is providing four, need-based $500 scholarships for the Dental Radiology Technology program this spring.
Click here to apply.
Deadline for application is January 15, 2020

This program is eligible for Veterans Education Benefits


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