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

Course #Course NameCredit
COMM 1102Applied Communications3.00
HPER 1410First Aid / CPR1.00
DENT 1010Infection Control1.00
DENT 1100Biomaterials3.00
DENT 1106Biodental Science2.00
DENT 1112Dental Anatomy3.00
DENT 1114Dental Radiology4.00
DENT 1122Dental Ethics & Jurisprudence1.00
DENT 1124Clinical Assisting I4.00
DENT 1126Clinical Assisting II4.00
DENT 1130Dental Practice Management1.00
DENT 1132Credentialing Exam Preparation1.00
DENT 1134Clinical Affiliation7.00
DENT 1136Advanced Functions7.00
DENT 1500Dental Health3.00
Total Credits: 45

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