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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.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Take the exams to gain National Dental Assisting Certification, Arizona Oral Radiology Certification and Coronal Polishing Certification. 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.

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Program Requirements 2018-2019

Course substitutions are not accepted in the Dental Assisting program.

Preparatory Coursework

Students must have completed the following requirements before starting the program:

REA 112HP or REA 112 or Accuplacer Reading assessment score of 92 or higher 0-4
High school or college biology course 0-4
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

* DHE 116/116LC will substitute for DAE 163/163LC if completed within the last three years.  DHE 132/132LB will substitute for DAE 164/164LB if completed within the last three years.  See academic advisor or faculty for information regarding course substitution.