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The Dental Assisting Program inspires confidence by combining relevant instruction with a learning environment that reflects the earning environment. This one-year certificate program prepares graduates for employment in the dental setting with an emphasis on current concepts of clinical chairside assisting. A dental assistant may be employed as a clinical chairside assistant, receptionist, office manager, dental sales representative, or laboratory technician. Watch the CTE Month video!
This program has limited enrollment and an admission process. A 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 the fall term. The application process begins in January of each calendar year. Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the Dental Assisting program after completing the four required prerequisite courses.
Virtual Dental Open House
Wednesday, March 3, 4-5 p.m.
This event will include a live tour of our state-of-the-art dental lab. It will be hosted by the program coordinator, Tamara Loosli. She will be ready to answer your questions and explain all the steps to be ready to apply to the program. An enrollment advisor will be on-hand to co-host the event. Together, they will be ready to answer any enrollment questions you have. See you on Zoom!
Ready to get started?
Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Dental Assisting program.
If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, move to the next step.
If you are a new student, attend New Student Orientation and take any needed placement tests.
Reach out to Tamara Loosli at 541-440-4710 about the separate Dental Assisting Application.
Sign up for the required prerequisite courses. These need to be completed before the fall term.
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) 4
Drug Screening and Background Check
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.
View / Download catalog information for Dental Assisting: Certificate
View / Download advising information for Dental Assisting: Certificate
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
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 contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Tamara Loosli - Contact
Associate Professor, Dental Assisting