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Dental Assistant

Credit Certificate Program (320P) - Harrisburg

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA)

About the career

Selective program. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.

Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (and Shadow Form) (pdf) rev. 3/13 - Note:  You must apply to the college and submit high school transcripts first.  How do I get started?
Dental assisting program clinical application for Fall 2014 (click on the link) on-line using Survey Monkey - Deadline to apply - May 15, 2014

Course requirements/suggested schedule (pdf) rev 2/14
Policies Affecting Program Admission
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program
Estimated Expenses (pdf) rev 11/13

Dental Positions & Volunteer Opportunities

Program Effectiveness Data
Five year program completion rate - 82%
Program performance on national board exams - (two year data - 2012, 2013) Radiation Health Safety - 97.5%; Infection Control - 78%; General Chairside Assisting - 97.5%
Job placement - data unavailable due to low survey response

Selective program. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred
The dental assistant program is 40 credits in length; a certificate is awarded upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete program is available only at the Harrisburg Campus. Other required courses offered at other campuses and sites. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination. A majority of other states require dental assistants to be DANB certified (CDA) or state registered. Many of the states that require state registration will accept DANB results. Graduates are eligible to continue for another 6 credits in Expanded Function.

Dental Assisting Contacts
If you have specific questions about the Dental Assistant program, contact Health Careers (717) 780-1988

Dental Assisting Program Office:
Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP) Room 104
HACC Harrisburg Campus
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 221-1731


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