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Dental Assisting Education


Learn to assist dentists and other dental professionals in patient care. Complete at least 336 hours of clinical work in dental clinics or offices.  This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Take the exams to gain national certification or Arizona oral radiography licensure. Work as a dental assistant in hospitals, clinics and dental offices.

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

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Program Requirements 2017-2018

Course substitutions are not accepted in the Dental Assisting program.

Preparatory Coursework

Students must have completed the following requirements before they begin the application process:

REA 112HP or REA 112 or Accuplacer Reading assessment score of 92 or higher 0-4
High school or college biology course 0-4
High school diploma or G.E.D.
Subtotal 0-8

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
DAE 159 Introduction to Health Care for Dental Assisting 2
DAE 160 Orientation to Dental Care 1
DAE 161 Biomedical Dental Science 3
DAE 162/162LB Dental Assisting I 3
DAE 163/163LC Oral Radiography 3
DAE 164/164LB Dental Materials 3
DAE 165/165LC Dental Assisting Procedures I /
Dental Assisting Procedures Clinical I
DAE 166 Dental Assisting II 3
DAE 167 Dental Assisting III 3
DAE 169/169LC Dental Assisting Procedures II /
Dental Assisting Procedures Clinical II
Total credits (not including preparatory coursework) 29.5
Total credits (including preparatory coursework) 29.5-37.5