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Dental Assisting


Pima’s Dental Assisting Certificate prepares you to enter directly in to the workforce AND, if you're interested, continue on the pathway to becoming a Dental Hygienist. At Pima, you will learn to assist dentists and other dental professionals in patient care. You will complete at least 336 hours of clinical work in dental clinics or offices.

Limited Admissions Program: Students must meet the preparatory coursework and any other prerequisites and apply to the program. Depending on available spots, students may be placed on a waiting list before starting the program. See Program Admissions or an advisor for details.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Health Professions
Dean: 520.206.6916
Lead Faculty: 520.206.6916


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Dental Assistant $36,927

Academic Options

Continue your studies by taking courses toward the Dental Hygienist AAS degree.

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