Dental Assisting

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With an onsite community clinic, additional off-campus sites, and a wealth of college resources, PCC’s Dental Assisting program offers a strong foundation that enables quick entry into a high-demand field after only three terms. In our program, we teach you the skills you need to succeed, and we give you the field experience, the contacts, and sufficient time to learn the most important techniques. In just nine months, you can begin a rewarding career in which you serve the oral healthcare of thousands of people.

Certificate

In this program you can earn the following:

  • One-Year Certificate

Shadowing

The Dental Sciences Department strongly recommends applicants shadow certified Dental Assistants for 12 hours prior to application.

Beginning 2015 documentation of 12 hours job shadowing a dental assistant in a dentist's office or clinic will be required to apply.

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Our one-year certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is the link to file comments and/or complaints with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) about the program in relation to Accreditation Standards. VIew CODA Dental Accreditation standards..

When all course requirements are completed with a C grade or higher, the student is eligible to graduate with a Certificate in Dental Assisting from PCC. Students are also prepared for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB) and eventual certification in expanded functions.

What's Next?

  1. Attend a Dental Program Information Session.
  2. If you do not have the required program prerequisites (see Catalog), apply for admission to PCC, register and complete prerequisites.
    • For more information about prerequisites and transferring credits, refer to the Health Admissions Office Getting Started web page.
  3. Apply for admission to the Dental Assisting program.


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