Dental Assisting

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Program Admission

MP 111 course

Beginning the 2017/18 academic year, PCC's MP 111 course is an application prerequisite.

Selection Criteria

The Dental Assisting program is a closed program with limited enrollment of 45 students each year. If more than 45 qualified students apply to the program, the incoming class will be selected by lottery. Only applicants who are complete with prerequisite and job shadowing requirements by the end of winter term prior to the application deadline will be eligible for the lottery. See the catalog for specific program requirements.

To be eligible to apply to the Dental Assisting program students must complete the following college-level prerequisites with a grade C or better.

Dental assisting students looking at x-rays
  • Math 20 or equivalent placement score
  • Writing 115 or higher, or placement into Writing 121
  • Health or nutrition elective. Course must include a nutrition component. (Recommended classes: HE 250, HPE 295 and PE295, or FN 225)
  • Psychology elective (Recommended class: PSY 101)
  • MP 111 Medical Terminology course from PCC or successful completion of the MP 111 competency exam *
  • 12 hours job shadowing of a Dental Assistant in a Dental office or clinic

* The MP 111 competency exam is only available to students who have successfully completed Medical Terminology at another institution. The MP 111 competency test is based on the following textbook, chapters 1-17: Medical Language: Immerse Yourself, Third Edition, Susan Turley, Pub: Prentice Hall, copyright 2011. Note: As of Fall 2017, the MP 111 course at PCC uses the 4th edition of the textbook. Contact the Health Admissions Office for additional information.

Please be advised that completing minimum requirements and applying to the program does not guarantee admission.

Application Process

Applications for Fall 2019 will be posted in September 2018. We do not accept applications earlier than October 1. If we receive more than 45 complete applications for the Dental Assisting program, students will be selected by lottery. Only students who have completed their program requirements by the end of winter term will be considered for the lottery. Students in progress with prerequisites past winter term may apply but will not be guaranteed consideration. All application materials must be hand delivered or mailed to the Health Admissions Office by April 15, 2019 at 5pm. We do not accept faxed, emailed, or scanned application materials.

To be considered for the Dental Assisting Program, please submit the following:

  • The 2019 Dental Assisting program application
  • Official college transcripts showing the completion of the following prerequisites by the end of the winter term prior to application deadline. All courses must be completed with a C grade or higher:
    • MTH 20 or equivalent placement score*
    • WR 115 or equivalent placement score*
  • MP 111 Medical Terminology from PCC only or successful completion of the PCC competency exam.
  • Psychology elective 100 level or above (PSY 101 recommended).
  • Completion of 12 hours of shadowing in a dentist’s office or dental clinic documented on the Dental Assisting Shadowing Form included in the application packet. 3 hours may be completed at the PCC Dental Clinic based on availability. Call 971-722-4909 to schedule.
  • One of the following: high school diploma or GED or college transcript with GPA of 2.0 or higher.

*PCC accepts multiple measures including PCC equivalent placement scores for ALEKS, COMPASS, ASSET or Accuplacer placement tests. Documentation from other institutions must include raw scores and are evaluated using PCC cut scores. For additional placement options, please visit the PCC Testing Center website.

All students, especially those with transfer courses, are encouraged to meet with a health admissions advisor. Call 971-722-4795 to schedule an appointment. Transfer course equivalency is subject to review by PCC Student Records Office, Dental Sciences Department & Health Admissions Office.

Program Regulations

You will be required to wear protective gear and clothing during all laboratory procedures that produce airborne particulate matter or expose you to patients during dental procedures.


Although not required for admission, it is highly recommended that students are familiar with computers.

The program requires a full-time commitment for nine months. It is also necessary to have financial arrangements in place the summer before starting the program in order to purchase supplies for the year. Accepted students will be informed of supply costs.