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Dental Assistant

This program has been granted accreditation approval by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a division of the American Dental Association.  Students are prepared for employment as Certified Dental Assistants (CDA).  CDA’s work in dental offices performing such tasks as four-handed dentistry, bookkeeping, x-rays, and expanded functions.  The program includes lectures, demonstrations, small and large group discussions, and practicum.

Class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 2:30PM.  On clinic days, class meets from 7:30AM to 3:00PM.  Beginning second quarter, students are required to volunteer in a dental office a minimum of two hours per week after school.  The last six weeks of the program is full-time internship at dental offices and/or clinics.  The hours during internship vary depending on the intern site.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of  core course requirements.  To earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, you must complete the certificate program and meet the general education course requirements.

Program Options

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
  • Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

Other Program Info:


Connie L. Berrysmith

Kathy A. Leviton

Program Length:
  • 4 quarters
  • 73 credits
  • Monday-Friday,
    8:00AM - 2:30PM
  • (Hours vary during clinical experience and internship.)
Estimated Costs:
  • Tuition: $7,950.00
  • Supplies: $4,725.00
  • Students may enter at the beginning of fall or winter quarter.

American Dental Association