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Program Admission Requirements

Pre-Admission Information Sessions

Interested in the Dental Assisting program?  Students are required to attend a Health Related Professions program Information Session before seeing a Student Services Center advisor about entering this program.  These sessions provide important information about program eligibility, requirements, costs and more.

Applying for Program Admission

This degree program requires a special program application.  Please read all of the information on this page carefully.

  • To request a program application, e-mail Student Services at DAE-Program@pima.edu with your name, student identification number, program name, and home address.
  • Upon receipt of application request, a program application, tip sheet and directions for processing the program application will be mailed to address indicated.
  • Call (520) 206-6916 to schedule an appointment to submit your program application for final processing and placement into the Dental Assisting program.  A copy of your high school diploma or GED and driver’s license is also required. 

Program Pre-Admission Requirements

  • New and Transfer students are required to complete the program admissions application.
  • Complete assessment exams for math, reading, and writing.
  • Transfer courses earned from another Regionally Accredited Institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated & grades have been posted on PCC transcripts.  An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Admissions Office 
  • If grades and/or assessment scores are not posted on PCC transcripts at the time of program application, application requests will be denied. 

Program Admissions and Course Information

  • Vaccinations required for entering/continuing in the Dental Assisting Education program: The Dental Assisting Education (DAE) program works with hospitals and agencies that require the hepatitis B vaccination (series of three vaccinations) and an annual flu vaccination.  All students who are enrolled or entering the DAE program must provide documentation of receiving these vaccinations or a positive titer.  Please be aware that the hepatitis vaccination is a series of three shots with 1-2 months between the first and second shot and four months between the second and third shot. All students must get these vaccinations and/or titers immediately. Students who do not provide proof of receiving the vaccinations or a positive titer when entering the DAE program will have to reapply to the program. The hospitals and agencies that PCC works with strictly enforce these requirements.  Additional vaccination requirements for the clinical portion of the program are listed in the next section of this page.
  • The DAE Program admits 30 qualified students each fall semester dependent on availability. 
  • The DAE program curriculum is taught using a combination of classroom and clinical settings.  Students are required to provide their own transportation from the College to various clinical sites.

To participate in the Dental Assisting program, students must:

  • Be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program.  At a minimum, students will be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities.  The dental experience also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients’ lives.  Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions, assess and gather information regarding the physical status of patients, communicate effectively with patients and health care team and synthesize data to critically evaluate and make emergency decisions.  Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application.
  • Be flexible and able to balance employment, personal and academic schedules and responsibilities.
  • Provide own transportation from the college campus to clinical sites.
  • Present proof of immunization and/or immunity for MMR/Varicella/ TB, and TDaP.
  • Show proof of negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray for TB.
  • Maintain health insurance throughout enrollment in the program.

Important Information on Certification

Students should be aware that the state/national examination and certification requirements may include a personal history section in which prospective applicants must report and may have to provide a detailed explanation of legal situations.   An investigative process must be completed before a license is issued.

Fingerprinting and criminal background information may be a part of many state and federal licensing and certification processes.  If there is any question about eligibility for certification, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the state and/or federal agency responsible for certification.  For certification eligibility inquires, contact the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) at 800-367-3262 or 312-642-3368 or the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) at 312-440-2500.