Governing Board: DR. Mahmood, DDS
Owner: DR. Mahmood, DDS
DMV of Maryland, LLC or DMV of Virginia, LLC reserve the right to change programs, start dates, tuition, and to cancel programs. Any changes will be made in accordance with the rules of the regulatory agencies that oversee our schools. Please see the state specific catalog supplement to find information regarding your school location.
Students and prospective students may obtain information regarding the performance of each approved program. This includes but is not limited to information regarding each program’s enrollment, completion rate, placement rate, and (if applicable) pass rate of graduates on any licensure examination. See the state catalog supplements for details.
Goals and Objectives
Because of the demand for dental assistants, dental practitioners often hire people with little or no training or experience and then provide them with on-the-job training. As a result of the demand for dental assistants, DMV created a training program that teaches the necessary entry level skills needed to work in a dental office. The program is short so that students can go from the classroom to the workplace quickly. DMV training typically results in individuals finding employment at a higher salary level than with no training.
It is the mission of DMV to provide entry-level dental assistant training that allows an individual to complete training and seek employment in the shortest time possible. Training focuses solely on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to work in a dental office. Students learn in an actual dental office and get familiar with the work environment before their first day on the job.
The DMV (Dental Assistant Training Schools) program was developed by several practicing dentists over 15 years ago. DMV of Maryland & Virginia, Inc. was organized July 2002 to establish schools in those states. DMV of Maryland & Virginia, Inc. was reorganized in 2007 between DMV, Inc., DMV of Maryland, LLC and DMV of Virginia, LLC. Currently there are schools operating in Maryland and Virginia under DMV of Maryland, LLC and DMV of Virginia, LLC. The policies and procedures contained in this catalog pertain to all DMV school locations, unless otherwise noted.
The vocational objective of this program is to sufficiently train students to seek employment in a dental office as an entry-level dental assistant, receptionist, clerical or clinical assistant. The program’s x-ray training qualifies the student to apply for the DANB® Radiation Health and Safety Examination so that the student may perform x-rays.
About the Field
Typically entry-level dental assistants handle a variety of tasks for the dental professional and provide assistance in patient care, the office, and laboratory. Entry-level dental assistants work chair side with the dentists and other dental staff. Examples of tasks include helping to make patients comfortable, preparing them for treatment, and obtaining dental records. Usually entry-level dental assistants hand instruments to the dentists, help keep the patient’s mouth dry, sterilize and disinfect instruments, prepare tray setups, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care.
There are many opportunities as a dental assistant. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, because of rapid employment growth and substantial replacement needs, there should be good job opportunities for dental assistants nationally. Entry-level dental assistants can seek certification as a Certified Dental Assistant once they meet work experience requirements.
The dental assisting field generally requires physical work, moving throughout the office, standing on one’s feet for long periods of time, and sometimes in small places. Dental assistants have close contact with the public and for this reason, successful candidates must be in good physical health.
Training is offered on two weekday evenings for 11 weeks for a total of 21 class sessions or for 11 Saturdays for 8 hours each day (84 classroom hours). Training takes place within a fully functional dental practice when the office is closed. The maximum student to instructor ratio for this program is 10:1 for classroom and 5:1 for laboratory. This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting using the treatment rooms, laboratory, x-ray facilities, and office area. Each session is divided into lecture and lab. During the lecture portion the student views slides or PowerPoint presentations presented by an instructor. There is time for questions, answers, and review. The second part of the class focuses on learning and practicing skills utilizing office treatment rooms, labs, and equipment.
Each student, as a requirement of graduation, will participate in 20 hours of externship. The externship may begin no sooner than after passing the first 2 quizzes and mid-term exam. All externship hours must be completed by the last scheduled class. The student will be provided with the contact information of any dental office(s) that is participating in the externship. The student will schedule their extern hours at a time that is mutually convenient for the dental office and themselves. The externship will allow the student to test the skills and abilities that should have been acquired during approximately the first half of their instructional segment of the DMV curriculum. Upon completion of the externship, the student will submit a time sheet, signed by the dental office, to DMV to verify the required hours have been completed. The dental practice will also complete an evaluation of the student’s progress. This evaluation will document the level of performance experienced by the dentist of the student during the externship. The externship will be evaluated and graded on a pass/fail basis. A passing grade on the externship is a requirement of graduation.
Evening sessions are held from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm or 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. If there are Saturday sessions they are held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
A faculty phone and/or email distribution list will be available at the first class of each session. You are asked to leave a message for your faculty member and your message will be returned within 2 (two) days. Should you need to meet with a faculty member outside of normal class hours, faculty will be available by appointment only during the 30-minute period prior to the start of each class period or at other times that are determined convenient to both the teacher and student.
See your specific state’s supplement catalog.
Language of Training
All programs are offered only in English. DMV does not offer English as Second Language instruction.
Scope of Training
The entry-level dental assistant program is sufficient as a basic, entry-level introduction to the profession; however, additional on-the-job training is required to become a fully functional dental assistant.
Course Clock Hours : 104 clock hours Total
The objective of the course is to provide vocabulary used in the dental office, demonstrate tasks performed, and allow students to practice these skills. All classes provide an overview and introduction to the topics taught. These are short classes and are not intended to cover the subject matter in-depth. Each class period is 4 hours in length. Classes are taught as shown and the prerequisite for each class is completion of the previous class. One clock hour equals 50 minutes of lecture or lab. Successful completion of the course satisfies the requirements of the DANB® (Dental Assistant National Board) and qualifies the student to apply to take the State approved X-ray technology exam given by DANB®.
Total for the Course: 104 hours (36 hours of lecture, 48 hours of laboratory and 20 hours of externship)
Modern Dental Assisting, by Doni L. Bird, Debbie S. Robinson, Elsevier Saunders Publisher; Hardcover 13th edition ISBN: 978-0323624855
Modern Dental Assisting, Student Workbook, by Doni L. Bird, Debbie S. Robinson, Elsevier Saunders Publisher; Hardcover 13th edition ISBN: 978-0323673167
Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide 7th edition, by Linda R. Bartolomucci Boyd ISBN: 978-0323672436
Classes are held in a modern state-of-the-art dental office with the latest equipment. The school provides each student with a set of models of human dentition, and student models of his/her dentition. Each student is provided with all of the disposable supplies needed to perform tasks. Each student will also have the opportunity to use the available instruments and equipment in treatment rooms. Five students may work in a treatment or specialty room at any one time. There is one instructor for every ten students in the classroom and one instructor for every five students in the laboratory.
Fully equipped dental treatment rooms including:
Dental patient chair, overhead examining light, water and air syringe, suction tool and dental instrument tray.
Fully equipped darkroom (varies by location)
Digital Imaging System (varies by location)
Automatic film processors (varies by location)
Fully equipped dental laboratory
Fully equipped office including computer, photocopy machine, fax, multiple phone lines
Audio Visual Aids – DVD
Admission is open to any qualified applicant. No qualified person may be excluded from enrollment in DMV training program based on age, race, gender, disability, or national origin. Students may enroll online or by fax or during open house presentations.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Provide proof of at least a high school diploma or GED.
2. Have paid or have made school-approved arrangements to pay the tuition in full.
3. Have executed an enrollment agreement.
Transfer or granting of credit
Licensed private career schools offer curricula measured in clock hours, not credit hours. Certificates of completion, i.e., school diplomas, are issued to students who meet clock hour requirements. The granting of any college credit to students who participated in and/or completed a program at a licensed private career school is solely at the discretion of the institution of higher education that the student may opt to subsequently attend.
No life experience or previous education and training apply to DMV training programs. Students may not transfer in any previous education or training to apply to DMV training programs.
There are no provisions for late enrollment.
DMV Program Cost $3500
• Tuition = $2,800.00
o Payment is to be made in full 10 days prior to the first day of class.
o Payment arrangements may be discussed ahead of time with the admissions department.
• Books and Learning Materials = $700
o Included in the materials fee are books required, all disposable supplies needed and used by the student, and a set of scrubs, which the student is expected to wear to each class.
A deposit of $800 is due at the time of enrollment of which $100.00 is the nonrefundable Registration fee.
Successful completion of our course satisfies the requirements and qualifies students to apply to take the approved Radiation Health and Safety (RHS®) exam, administered by Dental Assistant National Board (DANB®) (for more information, please see www.danb.org). Students in Virginia may elect instead to take a separate Dental Radiation Safety Seminar offered by one of the community colleges. There is a separate cost for these tests. You will be provided with the appropriate information during your course.
In the case of extenuating circumstances the Regional Director will consider a settlement that is reasonable and fair to the student and the school.
On the first day of class students receive a copy of the course syllabi and course outlines.
Students are to attend all listed hours of program instruction. The classroom teacher maintains the attendance roster which is kept at the school at all times. Attendance is taken after the first 30 minutes of class. Missed classes must be made up by making arrangements with the teacher or school director. An attendance rate of less than 85% (approximately 12 missed hours) will cause dismissal from the program. There is no attendance probation. Each student attendance record will be evaluated bi-weekly. We recognize that emergencies occur. Should there be extraordinary circumstances; students are requested to speak with your school director who may arrange ways to make up the sections that were missed. If a student is absent three times consecutively without notifying the school, the student will be considered dropped. The school will contact the student in writing and formally advise the student of this status.
Lateness or cutting classes/Makeup Work
Late arrival to or early departure from a class beyond 30 minutes will be treated as an absence from that class. Missed classes are to be made up by conferring with the instructor. Classes may be made up by 1) a 2-page written summary of the course material missed, 2) clinical shadowing in a dental office which is separate from any required externship hours or 3) private tutoring by an instructor. Typically there is no charge for makeup work; however, there may be a fee for private tutoring.
Student Progress Evaluation
Students are given 2 quizzes prior to the mid term. A mid-term is around the 8th class. After each exam is graded the student will be advised by the instructor of attainment of satisfactory/unsatisfactory progress in the program. The student may be given a written “Student Progress Report”, a copy of which will be placed in the student permanent file. Should a student receive a grade of less than 75% s/he will be notified. There is no academic probationary period. Ways to raise the grade will be determined with the school director and/or instructor. If the student is not able to raise the grade point average, after the next quiz in sequence, above 75% s/he will be requested to withdraw and return at a another time if there is demonstration of the ability to succeed. The tuition to be refunded will follow the published refund policy. See the state catalog supplements for details.
Re-enrollment/Leave of Absence
Students may have to suspend their training due to extenuating circumstances. Should this occur the student may request re-admission from the school for a future date. If satisfactory arrangements have been made, no additional tuition is charged. All training must be completed within a twelve month period from the original start date.
A minimum average grade of 75% is required in order to satisfactorily complete the program.
Final GPA is calculated as follows:
The Average of the 3 general quizzes = 1/3
Mid-term = 1/3 ** Lab work is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
General Final Exam = 1/3
Radiology is graded separately and has it’s own grade
Students will receive a diploma upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements. Students must:
• receive a minimum passing grade average of 75%
• achieve a “Pass” on all Lab work
• attend all clock hours of the program with no more than 12 hours missed and made up
• have no outstanding balances owed to the school.
• complete required extern hours
• achieve a “Pass” on all outcomes of the extern evaluation, if applicable
o Should the student not receive a “Pass” on all extern outcomes, the student may request a 30-day extension for the opportunity to repeat the extern hours. This request must be received by the school prior to the last scheduled class. If the student fails any part of the extern outcomes again, they will be ineligible to graduate.
Student records, including grades and attendance, maintained by the school are available upon written request. No records will be made available to employers, prospective employers, or other schools unless a written request has been made. Student records are securely maintained permanently by the school. Computer records are backed up regularly. All records are maintained with the same security and confidence as patients’ dental records. A set of records will be maintained by the corporate offices for as long as the school exists.
Typically students attend a school near their home; therefore, no housing arrangements are available.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
DMV complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of the 1974 Buckley Amendment, Public Law 93-380, Section 438. All student’s records are confidential.
Students may request counseling and career information from the school director, student services personnel, or instructor. Referrals can be made to community resources for personal counseling.
The use of a library is not required to complete any training programs. Dental journals are available for student use on site.
Employment skills are integrated throughout the program. During the last session time is spent on resume writing, job search skills and interview techniques. These are presented by a dental professional aware of staff needs in a dental office. The regional office contacts area dentists and maintains a listing of job openings. A representative is present at the last session to provide this information. The representative follows up with graduates to determine where they are working and to assist with placement. The placement service and list is available to both students and grads. All DMV schools offer placement assistance but do not guarantee employment.
Rules of Conduct
It is expected that students will conduct themselves in a professional manner and demonstrate respect for their instructors and fellow classmates. DMV administration reserves the right to terminate a student on any of the following grounds.
– Not complying with DMV rules and regulations – Unprofessional conduct.
– Unsatisfactory academic progress – Excessive absence or lateness
– Failure to pay fees when due – Cheating.
– Falsifying records – Breach of enrollment agreement
– Carrying a concealed or potentially dangerous weapon – Sexual harassment
– Harassment of any kind including intimidation and discrimination
– Entering school site while under the influence or effects of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics of any kind.
Students are provided with scrubs, which they are expected to wear during each class session. Students are expected to wear gloves, masks, and protective glasses that are provided for all sessions.
Drug free school and workplace
DMV has a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. No student, instructor, or employee may be on school premises under the influence of any substance. As a drug and alcohol free environment, individuals suspected to be under the influence may be subject to immediate dismissal/ removal. Students may request counseling for substance abuse and will be referred to community resources.
There is no smoking within any place in the dental office or training rooms. Smokers may smoke outside during a break.
Sexual harassment and anti hazing policy
The administration of DMV takes the issue of sexual harassment very seriously. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or offensive comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature between and/or among students and/or staff. Sexual harassment or harassment because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability, will not be tolerated. This includes any kind of intimidation or discrimination. Investigation of such concerns will be undertaken promptly and handled confidentially. Behavior that denigrates the integrity of another student (hazing) will not be tolerated. If a student or employee feels that he or she has suffered a form of discrimination or harassment, the individual should immediately contact a supervisor or school director. Students or staff involved may be subject to termination.
Other School Policies
See the state catalog supplement for details.
See the state catalog supplement for details.
Dr. Mahmood, DDS
Director of Externship
Director of Admissions
Dr. Valerie Vitagliano, School Director
Annie Bernier, Instructor
Pat Beasley, Assistant Instructor
Niesha Henry, Instructor
Pat Beasley, Assistant Instructor
Sandra Williams, Instructor
Laura Rankin, Assistant Instructor
Jacquelyn Ralph, Assistant Instructor
Dr. Ali Alibakhski, School Director
Pratiba Doss, Instructor
Rachel Villondo, Assistant Instructor
Heather Reniere, Instructor
Parvane Kinsley, Assistant Instructor
Macouta Diop, Instructor
Erum Hasan, Instructor
Tess Roman, Instructor
Denise Stephan, Assistant Instructor
Macouta Diop, Instructor
Austin McCaleb, Assistant Instructor
Dental Assistant National Board (DANB®), and Radiation Health and Safety (RHS®) are registered trademarks of and belonging to Dental Assistant National Board, Inc. (DANB®). This program is not reviewed or endorsed by or affiliated with DANB®.