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2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Dental Foundations (DEN) program is a collaborative educational program being offered through a partnership between Skagit Valley College (SVC) and the Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NCTA) - located on the SVC campus. This is a three-quarter program designed to provide entry-level skills and education to co-enrolled high school juniors, seniors and college students interested in a future career as a dental professional. This is a full-year program (Sept.-June) with courses scheduled sequentially. Classes are block-scheduled for 2.5 hours per day Monday-Friday. Students can choose either the 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 section or the 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. section.

Learning Outcomes:

General Education Learning Outcomes  

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Dental Assisting program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic, technical & professional skills that effectively contribute to the dental healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory and science.
  • Perform basic dental front office skills.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, communication, and positive work ethics as they directly relate to the dental profession.
  • Prepare to obtain an entry-level position in their field of study.

Program Admissions:

Please apply at Enrollment Services . Students may enter the Dental Foundations program at the beginning of Fall quarter. For more information, contact the Department Chair or Enrollment Services.

Certificate Option:

A certificate is awarded to those students who complete courses with a minimum C grade or above in each course.



    Approximately one-year long, certificates are intended to provide students with specialized training and skills.

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