Dental Assisting Diploma

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The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice.  A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants.  As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas

This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 1-800-621-8099, Ext. 2705.

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the College Admissions Office web page for full details.
  3. Acceptable report of medical examination by first day of class.
  4. Completion of required immunizations by first day of class, including first two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
  5. Students applying to the Dental Assisting program are advised to have successfully completed all General Education requirements prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Dental Assisting curriculum.

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: DEN, BIO

Gainful Employment

First Semester

DEN 100
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 101
7 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 103
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 111
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 112
3 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

DEN 102
5 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 104
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 105
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 106
5 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

BIO 161
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 107
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

BIO 163 may be substituted for BIO 161 and is recommended for students pursuing a degree

Curriculum is based on the 2015-16 catalog.

  • 45 Total Credit Hours Required