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.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Dental Assisting

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Assisting is a limited enrollment program at GTCC, which means that application to this program is competitive, and only 36 students will be accepted for enrollment for Fall semester. Only one class of students is accepted each academic year. 

Students interested in applying to this program must follow guidelines on our Limited Entry Programs page.

Richard Foster, Dental Director

Nita Little, Instructor

Michelle Martin, Department Chair

Sherry Shook, 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. Select 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 the admissions 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 Information Packet document for more specific information regarding this process.



SPECIFIC PROGRAM COSTS

ITEM

COST

Books/supplies

$900

Typhon AHST Access Fee

$80

Uniforms

$265

ADAA Dues

$35.00

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.