May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Foundations

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This program is not accepting students for the 24-25 school year.


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 (two sementer) 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.

The NCTA follows the Mount Vernon School District calendar. This means the Fall quarter start date for the Dental Foundations program will be determined by the Mount Vernon School Board.  This date varies from year to year but is usually the Wednesday after Labor Day.  However, be sure to confirm the school start date each year.

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 only enter the Dental Foundations program Fall quarter. The start date in September will be the same date as the Mount Vernon School District. For more information, contact the Department Chair or Enrollment Services.

Sample Career Options:

Students completing the Dental Foundations certificate are prepared for entry-level employment as a Sterilization Assistant or Dental Receptionist.  An employer may also provide on-the-job training necessary to move into a Dental Assistant position.

Certificate Option:

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



    Certificates are intended to provide students with specialized training and skills.

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