This one year certificate program is to prepare you for employment in the dental setting. Emphasis is placed on current concepts of clinical chair-side assisting.
The Dental Assisting one-year certificate program is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in the dental profession. The program prepares you for licensing exams and for obtaining your Oregon Dental Radiology license (RHS), Basic Examination with Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA). These exams prepare the dental assistant for a lifelong career in the dental profession.
A dental assistant may serve as a clinical chair-side assistant, receptionist, bookkeeper, office manager, or laboratory technician.
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Program Information and Prerequisites
This program has limited enrollment and an admission process. A physical, drug screening, background history check, and a Health Occupations CPR Card are required for admission to the program.
Program admission occurs once a year in fall term. The application process begins in May of each calendar year. Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the Dental Assisting program after completing the required prerequisite courses listed below.
Required Prerequisite Courses
|Course #||Course name||Credits|
|MTH 60||Introduction to Algebra (or higher)||4|
|PSY 101||Psychology of Human Relations||3|
|CIS 120||Introduction to Computer Information Systems||4|
|WR 115||Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher)||3|
All dental students must successfully pass a drug screening test at the time of admission into the Dental Program and are subject to random drug screening throughout the program. Failure to submit to a random drug screen or having a positive drug screen will result in sanctions per the UCC Student Code of Conduct (721.3). The cost is not covered by the student fees.
All accepted dental assisting students are required to undergo a background history check prior to entering the program. Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Information pertaining to background history checks and disqualifying crimes can be found online through The Department of Human Services (DHS) website. The program is required to deny admission or continuation in the Dental Assisting program to any student whose background poses a threat to an individual, the college, or the dental profession, or the community.
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Tamara Loosli - Contact
Associate Professor, Dental Assisting
Current & Past Classes
Class of 2014-15
Class of 2013-14
Class of 2012-13