Diploma — Dental Assisting

This 45-credit diploma prepares graduates to become a chair-side dental clinician qualified to work in a variety of dental practices or advance to an AAS. Courses focus on dental anatomy, dental radiology, dental pharmacology, dental ethics and jurisprudence and dental practice management, as well as clinical assisting.



The demand for dental care continues to grow. Dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists and dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental care. There are more than 200,000 active dental assistants in the United States. The majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists, although career opportunities are also available with dental specialists, orthodontists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons.

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Next Steps

All credits earned towards the 45-credit Dental Assisting Diploma program may be applied to the 60-credit Dental Assisting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It’s easy to begin with diploma and continue on to the AAS.

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
COMM 1102 Applied Communications 3
HPER 1410 First Aid / CPR 1
DENT 1010 Infection Control 1
DENT 1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT 1112 Dental Anatomy 3
DENT 1114 Dental Radiology 4
DNAS 1106 Biodental Science 2
DNAS 1112 Clinical Assisting I 4
DENT 1122 Dental Ethics & Jurisprudence 1
DENT 1130 Dental Prac Management 1
DNAS 1126 Clinical Assisting II 4
DNAS 1132 Credentialing Exam Preparation 1
DNAS 1134 Clinical Affiliation 7
DNAS 1136 Advanced Functions 7
DNAS 1500 Dental Health 3
Total Credits: 45