Dental Assisting

PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a certified dental assistant. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association and certified by the  Dental Assistant National Board (DANB).

PROGRAM CONTENT: This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of theory, laboratory and clinical experience. The program includes:

  • dental office and patient management
  • basic dental laboratory procedures
  • dental and general anatomy
  • dental terminology, instrument and equipment utilization
  • microbiology
  • dental pharmacology
  • anesthesia
  • chairside assisting
  • dental office emergencies/CPR
  • dental radiography
  • maintenance and asepsis of dental operatory and instrumentation
  • dental specialty procedures
  • employability skills
  • leadership and human relations skills
  • ethics and jurisprudence
  • dental materials and preventive dentistry

LABORATORY/CLINICAL ACTIVITIES: Students have simulated practice in the clinical facility with the human patient simulator. Clinical experience is scheduled at the Community Smiles Clinic located on site.


  • Take Test Of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (see below)
  • Complete physical examination prior to entrance
  • Complete program paperwork

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: (TABE) Math 10 A, language 10 A, Reading 10 A, are the basic skills levels required for awarding a full program completer certificate.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 1,230 hours or approximately 13 months with the following occupational completion points (OCP’S):

OCP A Basic Healthcare Worker (Core) 90
OCP B Dental Sterile Technician 160
OCP C Dental Assisting 1 215
OCP D Dental Assisting 2 315
OCP E Dental Assisting 3 450

UNIFORMS: Students are required to wear the official school uniform during the entire program in class and in the clinical setting.

TRANSPORTATION: Students must provide their own transportation to and from the school, as well as all clinical settings.

CERTIFICATION: After successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the certification exam given by the Dental Assistant National Board.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES   Employment opportunities are available as dental assistants in private dental offices, dental schools, or hospitals.

SALARY: Dental assistants salaries range from $11.00 to $25.00/hour. There is a constant demand for dental assistants.

NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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