Dental Assisting Earns Continuing Accreditation

The Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Dental Assisting Program program has received continued accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In a statement CODA said, “the program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of ‘approval without reporting requirements.’ The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:”

Martha McCaslin CDA, MA, is the program director for Dental Assisting and was pleased with the reaccreditation. “I am very proud of this accomplishment and would like to thank my faculty for their dedicated involvement to our program’s success,” McCaslin said.

The Dona Ana Community College (DACC) Dental Assisting program underwent an accreditation visit on November 14-15, 2017. The next site visit by CODA is scheduled for 2024.

The Dental Assisting Program is part of the Health Sciences Division. Dental assisting students provide help for patients receiving dental care. Their job duties may include preparing equipment, materials, and instruments for patient care; sterilizing and disinfecting procedures; instructing patients about dental procedures; creating temporary crowns; and many other tasks that are invaluable to the patient and the dental practice. Dental assistants may work in a general-practice office where a dentist provides multiple types of treatment.

For further information about dental assisting, call (575) 527-7653.

Photo: Dental assisting students, Natalie Acosta and Claudia Chavez, photo by Gloria Nevarez Leslie