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Apply to Dental Assisting

To join this program, you must apply for admission. This moderately competitive program accepts 45 students each academic year with a fall term start date.

Questions? Attend an information session or contact us.

How to apply

  1. Apply to PCC

    Applying to PCC is free and only takes a few minutes. Complete this step as soon as possible so you can start using PCC resources.
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  2. Application timeline
    Term you want to start Apply to Dental Assisting
    Fall 2023 Application closed
    Fall 2024 May 1, 2024 – July 1, 2024
    Check basic qualifications

    If you are accepted into this program, you’ll be required to pass a criminal background check and a drug screen. See details below.opens in new window

  3. Prerequisites

    The following prerequisites need to be completed by the end of spring term 2024 (full-time program):

    • WR 115: Intro to College Composition, or placement into WR 121Z: College Composition
    • Any college course with at least 2 credits (besides MP 111)
    • MP 111: Medical Terminology (or the PCC equivalent if taken at another institution)
    • Show proof of one of the following:
      • High school diploma with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
      • College transcript with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
      • GED Credential
  4. Job experience

    Complete 12 hours of job experience in a dentist office or dental clinic and submit the Dental Assisting experience verification form. A combination of the following can make up the 12 hours of experience:

    • Shadowing a Dental Assisting student at the PCC Dental Clinic – a maximum of 8 hours
    • Shadowing at a private practice or public health dental clinic – a minimum of 4 hours
    • A complete screening appointment at the PCC Dental Clinic. This appointment includes necessary x-rays and a dental examination – approximately 4 hours
  5. Submit application
    • The application is currently closed (application will open May 1, 2024)

After you apply

You’ll be notified about your admissions status in late-July/early-August 2024 for the full-time program. Check your MyPCC email: all communication is done through your PCC email account.

After being accepted, students will be required submit proof of their healthcare provider CPR certification, criminal background check, ten-panel drug screening and required immunizations (including the COVID-19 vaccination) prior to the start of the Fall 2024 term. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon successfully passing/clearing all of these requirements. [opens in new window]