Dental Assisting

Everyone likes to see a beautiful smile. Would you like to be the one to help create happy and healthy smiles? Dental Assisting may be the career for you! Immerse yourself in this exciting and challenging career field and you can become a dental assistant in 1 year. Upon graduation, you will be designated as a Dental Assistant II, but are eligible to become a Certified Dental Assistant by taking the Dental Assisting National Board examination. The dental assisting program at GTCC is nationally accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program Effectiveness Data

Dental Assisting (1-Year Diploma)
Cohort Year
2019 2020 2021 2022
Students Enrolled 35 28 32 36
Students Graduated 30 21 22 28
Completion Rate 86.00% 75.00% 69.00% 78.00%
Employment within 6 Months of Graduation 100.00% 100% 100% 100%


CODA Program Accreditation

The Dental Assisting program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611; telephone: 1-800-232-6108; website:

Regional Accreditation

Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. GTCC also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of GTCC may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

Admissions Information

Credentialing Options

Frequently Asked Questions

Nita Little, Instructor

Andrea Powell, Instructor

Yes. Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Option 3.

Dental assistants are well-trained professionals who work chairside with the dentist while patient care is provided. A dental assistant supports the dentist by having a working knowledge of instrumentation, procedures and the application of various dental materials during patient treatment. They are trained to take dental x-rays and to apply preventive materials, such as fluoride and sealants and teach patients about how to take care of their dental health. 

Private dental offices in a variety of specialties, hospital clinics, public health, education, sales, research.

You must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Since admission to this program is competitive, your application will be reviewed and points will be assigned for pre-requisite coursework in high school and/or previous college based on the grades you earned. You will need to refer to the current Dental Assisting Admission Packet document, linked above under the "Admission Information" section for more specific information regarding this process.

Specific Program Costs
Books, Supplies $1,018
Instruments $130
Uniforms $300
GTCC Chapter of ADAA $35
Typhon Access Fee $80
DANB Exam Fee $425

These are only estimates and do not include expenses incurred in obtaining your medical, dental and eye examinations, immunizations and/or titers, and CPR certification.

Upon graduation, you will be designated as a Dental Assistant II, which allows you to gain employment in a variety of dental offices. If you choose to become a Certified Dental Assistant, you can obtain this nationally recognized credential by taking the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination.

An estimated cost to take the DANB examination is approximately $425.00.

Yes. Applicants taking the DANB examination are required to submit a background check.