Course Policies

 

 

School Licensure Statement:

Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy, LLC, is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Arkansas State Board of Career Education, the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary Schools and College Registration C-681, and the Alabama Community College System.

 

Institutional Philosophy:

Our mission is to give our students an opportunity to discover their life's career path. Our desire is to create passionate and qualified future employees by developing each student’s knowledge, workplace performance skills, and by exploring their talents. Finally, we aim to assist each student in discovering their place in the dental field by preparing them to use their expertise to obtain dental assisting jobs.

 

First Day Items for Students:

Students are to bring the following items to class on the morning of the first day:

1. A copy of your high school diploma or GED

2. Supplies:
  • Materials for taking notes (notepad, pen, pencil, highlighter)
  • 1 pack of index cards (4x6 inch)
  • 1 pack colored pencils
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 pair of scissors 

 

The following items will be handed out to students on the morning of the first day:

1. Textbook: “Modern Dental Assisting”

2. Accelerated Dental Assisting Handbook

3. Accelerated Dental Assisting Workbook

4. Radiographic Techniques & Safety book (required states only)

 

Conduct/Dress Code:

Students are to act in a professional manner at all times, being respectful of the instructor as well as the other students they will be working with. Students are required to wear scrubs and closed toe shoes. We recommend black scrubs for job interviews. Scrubs are also mandatory for observation days in the dental office. 

 

Tardiness / Absences:

Tardiness:

Instructors take roll at the beginning of each class lecture and clinic. Students arriving to class more than five (5) minutes late are considered tardy. After a student accumulates three (3) tardies, they will receive one (1) absence.

Absences:

It is highly recommended that the student not be absent for any of the classes due to the concentrated learning structure of the course. Except for family emergencies and serious illness, students should plan on attending all classes. After three missed classes, the student will be terminated from the course. Refer to refund policy to determine if a refund applies.

 

Missed Class / Student Make-Up Work:

Policy:

The student is responsible for inquiring, completing, and turning in all coursework missed during time of absence.

Instructions for Make-up Work:

Lecture
 
Before returning to class, the student is to review the missed lecture material in the Student Handbook, which contains all testing information. The student must also listen to corresponding videos located on his/her MyAccount portal. 
 
Clinic
 
Prior to the next class, the student is to review and complete all clinic worksheets for the class missed located in the Student Workbook. During clinic, the student must complete the independent section from their clinic guide after completing clinical tasks for current class.

Observation / Particpation Days:

Requirements:

Observation days are extremely valuable in the development of making students job ready in ten (10) weeks. Each student must shadow a practicing dental assistant (instructor) for one (1), four (4) hour day to experience what an actual day as a dental assistant is like. These observation days will be scheduled between the 1st – 3rd classes. Students will also be required to complete one (1), eight (8) hour participation day to ensure the students ability to perform practical dental assisting skills. These participation days will be scheduled between the 5th – 10th classes.

Policy

Observation and Participation Days are mandatory and graded. The Observation Day is a four-hour week-day session and is worth 20 points. The Participation Day is an eight-hour week-day session and is worth 40 points.
 
If the student is unable to attend, the student must contact the ADAA Regional Manager and provide written documentation. (ex.: letter from employer). Observation and Participation Days must be completed prior to the final day of class and must be scheduled with instructor during designated time slots. During these days, the student must complete all tasks on the Observation/Participation Day Forms and submit all necessary documents to the instructor for grading. Students are expected to follow office policies when attending these days. (ex.: dress code, cell phone policies, etc.)
 
Scheduling:  
 
Observation and Participation Days must be scheduled in accordance with ADAA provided scheduling form presented by the instructor on the first day of class. If the student is unable to attend his/her scheduled time, he/she must contact his/her instructor at least 24 hours prior to scheduled time to reschedule. The student must call the office to cancel/reschedule and may only reschedule one time. 
 
In case of an emergency and not within the 24-hour notice period, student must contact the instructor and provide written documentation at the following class. If a student is a “no show”, they will automatically receive a zero for their grade.

 

Termination Policy:

The school’s termination policy is based on professionalism. We expect all of our students to conduct themselves in a manner respectful to other students and faculty members. Should someone’s enrollment be terminated, the school’s refund policy will be followed, except that the student will not be allowed to repeat the course.

 

Drug and Alcohol Policy:

Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy is a drug/alcohol free Academy. The consumption, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol and other drugs are prohibited on school campus. Also being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs on school campus is prohibited. Any student who is found to have violated the Academy’s alcohol and drug policy will be terminated and not allowed to return to the Academy.

 

Class Hours:

Fridays or Saturdays (depending on location of school)

Vary depending on location

Lecture hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon or 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Clinical/Lecture hours: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Due to the short term of the course, we might not be able to observe holidays.

 

Breaks:

Students will have a 10-15 minute break every hour and a half of lecture time.

 

Holidays that will be observed:

Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

 

Housing and Scholarships:

Residential housing and counseling services are currently not available. Scholarships are available to high school students in participating high schools.

 

Requirements for Graduation:

Policy: 

  1. Students must successfully complete the following requirements to receive their graduation awards:
    • Attain an overall grade average of 70%
    • Attend 70% of all classes (7 or more classes)
    • Complete tuition payments 

     

  2. Graduation awards will be available to students for pick up on the 2nd Monday (9-10 days) after the final day of class. Students who have not met the three graduation requirements listed above, will be subject to the following:
    • Attain less than an overall grade average of 70% will not receive graduation awards.
    • Attend less than 70% of all classes will not receive graduation awards.
    • Students who have an unpaid tuition balance on the last day of class will not receive graduation awards until the balance has been settled. Once tuition has been paid in full, Accelerated Dental will mail the student’s graduation awards directly to the student. 

Student Grievances:

If a student has a complaint they are to contact the Academy’s main office at 844-727-3755 and speak directly to a school representative. They must also file a written complaint either by email (david@accelerateddentalassisting.com) or letter (PO Box 1120, Denham Springs, LA 70727) to the school administration in order to resolve any issues. The Academy will then do everything in its power to successfully deal with the student’s concerns. 

Mississippi:

If Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy is unsuccessful in resolving the matter, the student’s complaint should then be directed to the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School & College Registration, 3785 Ridgewood Road Jackson, MS 39211, Phone 601-432-6185; http://www.mccb.edu/program/psDefault.aspx. Complaints should only be pursued after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school after having first filed a written and signed complaint with the school’s officials.

Louisiana:

If Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy is unsuccessful in resolving the matter, the student’s complaint should then be directed to the Louisiana Board of Regents, Proprietary Schools Section, P.O. Box 3677, Baton Rouge, LA, 70821-3677, Phone 225/342-7084. Complaints should only be pursued after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school after having first filed a written and signed complaint with the school’s officials.

 

Arkansas:

Student complaints relative to actions of school officials shall be addressed to the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education, 501 Woodlane, Suite 104 Little Rock, AR 72201, Phone 501/683-8000, only after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school after having first filed a written and signed complaint with the school’s officials.

 

Alabama:

If Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy is unsuccessful in resolving the matter, the student’s complaint should then be directed to Accelerated Dental’s state agent service, SearchTec, 2 N. Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, Phone 334/649-4100. Complaints should only be pursued after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school after having first filed a written and signed complaint with the school’s officials.

 

Withdrawal Procedure:

Those wishing to withdraw for illness or personal reasons may resume their course of study in the next class series with no penalty. They may repeat the already completed sessions if desired at no additional charge or pick up where they left off. If a student wishes to withdraw and not return to the course, he/she must first contact and inform their Regional Manager at 1.844.727.3755. He/she will then be dropped from the course and the refund policy will be enforced. (See Refund Policy section above)

 

Refunds, Cancellations & Graduation Requirements
Louisiana


If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the starting date of a program and the institution cancels the class, one hundred percent (100%) of the tuition and fees collected shall be refunded. The refund shall be made within thirty (30) days of the planned starting date. 

Three-Business Day Cancellation
If a student for any reason is unable to enter the course, all monies paid will be refunded if requested within three (3) business days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment. 

Cancellation after Three-Business Day Cancellation Period, but before Commencement of the Course
Tuition or fees collected in advance of entrance and if student does not begin classes or withdraws on the first day of class, not more than $100 shall be retained by the institution. Refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 30 days of the notice of cancellation. 

Refunds for Students Who Enrolled Prior to Institution Visit  
Students who have not visited the institution prior to enrollment will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalties within three (3) days following a documented attendance at a regularly scheduled orientation or a documented tour of the facilities and inspection of the equipment. Institutions are required to keep records of students' initial visits and orientation sessions. 

Refunds for Students Who Withdraw After Instruction Begins  
Contractual obligations beyond twelve (12) months are prohibited. The refund policy for students attending proprietary institutions who incur financial obligations for a period of twelve (12) months or less shall be as follows: 

I understand that the WITHDRAWAL AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES REFUND POLICY SHALL BE:

(1) After a student has completed less than 15% of the course (1 class), the institution shall refund 80% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225). 
(2) After a student has completed greater than 15% and less than 25% of the course (2 classes), the institution shall refund 70% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).
(3) After a student has completed 25% (3 classes) but less than 50% of the course (4 classes), the institution shall refund 45% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).
(4) After a student has completed 50% or more of the course (5 or more classes), the institution will retain 100% of the stated course price. 

Those wishing to cancel for illness or personal reasons may resume their course of study in the next class series with no penalty.  They may repeat the already completed sessions if desired at no additional charge or pick up where they left off. If you need to make any changes or have any questions, please contact your Regional Manager. 1.844.727.3755 
 
A graduation certificate will only be awarded to those students completing the program with a 70% or above grade average. Those students whose grade average is below 70% or students who have missed more than 3 classes will not receive a certificate but will be allowed to retake the entire course (if desired) at a reduced fee of $1500.

Refunds, Cancellations & Graduation Requirements
Mississippi

If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the starting date of a program and the institution cancels the class, one hundred percent (100%) of the tuition and fees collected shall be refunded. The refund shall be made within thirty (30) days of the planned starting date. 

Refunds for Students Who Withdraw on or Before First Day of Class  
If tuition processing fees are collected in advance of the starting date of classes and the student does not begin classes or withdraws on the first day of classes, no more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of the tuition and processing fees may be retained by the institution. The refund shall be made within thirty (30) days of the class starting date.

Refunds for Students Who Enrolled Prior to Institution Visit  
Students who have not visited the institution prior to enrollment will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalties within three (3) days following a documented attendance at a regularly scheduled orientation or a documented tour of the facilities and inspection of the equipment. Institutions are required to keep records of students' initial visits and orientation sessions. 

Refunds for Students Who Withdraw After Instruction Begins  
Contractual obligations beyond twelve (12) months are prohibited. The refund policy for students attending proprietary institutions who incur financial obligations for a period of twelve (12) months or less shall be as follows: 

I understand that the WITHDRAWAL AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES REFUND POLICY SHALL BE:

(1) After a student has completed less than 10% of the course (1 class), the institution shall refund 90% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).
(2) After a student has completed greater than 10% and less than 25% of the course (2 classes), the institution shall refund 50% of tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).
(3) After a student has completed 25% (3 classes) but less than 50% of the course (4 classes), the institution shall refund 25% of tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).
(4) After a student has completed 50% or more of the course (5 or more classes), the institution will retain 100% of the stated course price. 


Refunds, Cancellations & Graduation Requirements
Arkansas


Three-Business Day Cancellation
I understand that if for any reason I am unable to enter, all monies paid will be refunded if requested within three business days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.

Cancellation after Three-Business Day Cancellation Period, but before Commencement of the Course
Tuition or fees collected in advance of entrance and if the student does not begin classes, not more than $100 shall be retained by the institution. Refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 30 days of the notice of cancellation.

I understand that the WITHDRAWAL AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES REFUND POLICY SHALL BE:

(1) After a student has completed less than 25% of the course (2.5 classes, the refunds shall be made on a pro rata basis. The institution shall refund 90% (1 class) or 80% (2 classes) of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(2) After a student has completed 25% (2.5 classes) but less than 50% of the course (4.5 classes), the institution shall refund 50% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(3) After a student has completed 50% (5 classes) but less than 75% (7.5 classes), the institution shall refund 25% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(4) After a student has completed 75% of the course or more (7.5 or more classes), there will be no refund for the student. 

Those wishing to cancel for illness or personal reasons may resume their course of study in the next class series with no penalty.  They may repeat the already completed sessions if desired at no additional charge or pick up where they left off. If you need to make any changes or have any questions, please contact your Regional Manager. 1.844.727.3755 

A graduation certificate will only be awarded to those students completing the program with a 70% or above grade average. Those students whose grade average is below 70% or students who have missed more than 3 classes will not receive a certificate but will be allowed to retake the entire course (if desired) at a reduced fee of $1500.

In the event the course is canceled, students will be refunded immediately. 


Refunds, Cancellations & Graduation Requirements
Alabama


Three-Business Day Cancellation
I understand that if for any reason I am unable to enter, all monies paid will be refunded if requested within three business days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.

Cancellation after Three-Business Day Cancellation Period, but before Commencement of the Course
Tuition or fees collected in advance of entrance and if the student does not begin classes, not more than $100 shall be retained by the institution. Refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 30 days of the notice of cancellation.

I understand that the WITHDRAWAL AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES REFUND POLICY SHALL BE:

(1) After a student has completed less than 25% of the course (2.5 classes, the refunds shall be made on a pro rata basis. The institution shall refund 90% (1 class) or 80% (2 classes) of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(2) After a student has completed 25% (2.5 classes) but less than 50% of the course (4.5 classes), the institution shall refund 50% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(3) After a student has completed 50% (5 classes) but less than 75% (7.5 classes), the institution shall refund 25% of the tuition, less the registration fee ($100) and used books ($225).

(4) After a student has completed 75% of the course or more (7.5 or more classes), there will be no refund for the student. 

Those wishing to cancel for illness or personal reasons may resume their course of study in the next class series with no penalty.  They may repeat the already completed sessions if desired at no additional charge or pick up where they left off. If you need to make any changes or have any questions, please contact your Regional Manager. 1.844.727.3755 

A graduation certificate will only be awarded to those students completing the program with a 70% or above grade average. Those students whose grade average is below 70% or students who have missed more than 3 classes will not receive a certificate but will be allowed to retake the entire course (if desired) at a reduced fee of $1500.

In the event the course is canceled, students will be refunded immediately. 

Campus Security Policy:

All students are required to wear name tags when in class. The school will not supply lockers or a place to store valuable possessions. Students may choose to either leave their purses, wallets, or any other possession at home, in their vehicle or in class at their own risk. No fire arms are allowed on the school campus at any time.

 

Licensing Requirements for Jobs:

 

Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi:

No licensing requirements are needed to obtain a job as a dental assistant.

To legally be employed as a dental assistant, one must successfully complete a state board approved radiology seminar and exam and obtain a Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy (ADAA) provides a state board approved x-ray certification. Our Academy also provides an opportunity to obtain a CPR certification on the last day of class.

Alabama:

No licensing requirements are needed to obtain a job as a dental assistant.

 

Recruiting Policies:

Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy (ADAA) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. ADAA does not discriminate in its educational program against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, handicap or any other factor provided for by state and federal laws and regulations

 

Grading System

Student Name

ABSENT

# of days

X-ray

Quiz

Midterm

Exam

Final

Exam

Practical

Exam

 Final

 Identification

OBSERVATION DAY

PARTICIPATION DAY

Earned Pts / Possible Pts  Final Grade
 

50 pts

100 pts

100 pts

50 pts

 50 pts

 20 pts

40 pts

 

 1-100%

0

40

95

100

40

 50

20

40

 385/410

 94%

ABSENT: Number of classes missed or fractions thereof. If more than 3 the student fails automatically.

QUIZ: Students are given an x-ray quiz following the class covering x-ray identification and the standard tooth identification numbering system (50 pts).

MID-TERM EXAM: Multiple-choice test, 50 questions (possible 100 pts. total).

FINAL EXAM: Multiple-choice test, 50 questions (possible 100 pts total).

FINAL PRACTICAL: Hands on section of the test where the student has to transfer with you, show you how to take an x-ray on FRED and how to suction for a tooth that you call out (Possible 50 pts. total).

FINAL IDENTIFICATION: Five station practical examination consisting of x-ray identification, instrument identification and dental materials identification. (Possible 50 pts. total).

OBSERVATION DAY: 20 points 

PARTICIPATION DAY: 40 points. 

CPR: Certification testing will be administered by American Heart Association

GRADE (1-100%): The final grade, on a scale of 1 to 100%, based on the performances in the x-ray quiz, midterm, final and practical exam.

MINIMUM PASSING SCORE: 70%

MINIMUM PASSING ATTENDANCE: 70%