Do you have an interest in human biology, science and oral health? Are you passionate about helping or caring for others and enjoy working in a team environment? Do you have strong communication skills and good eye-hand coordination? If so, then our Dental Assisting Certificate may be a great fit.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
With your certificate, you may be employed as a chairside assistant in a variety of dental offices, including:
Graduates may also find employment as a laboratory technician or in the dental insurance field as a dental supply representative. You will also be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination in order to achieve the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) designation.
You would be a good fit for this program and career path if you:
What is the average salary?
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What is HACC’s program like?
You will gain the knowledge and skills to assist with dental treatments and help others maintain their oral health. You will learn how to perform procedures, process radiographs and more! You’ll be ready to be a key member of a dental team, performing chairside and laboratory procedures and other office duties. Our curriculum allows you to spend a total of 320-hours working in a variety of dental office settings where you can be exposed to all aspects of dental practice.
Our program is selective, which means you need to meet the College’s admissions requirements along with specific requirements of this program to be enrolled into it. The following components must be completed and paid by you prior to starting the clinical portion of our program:
Also, our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CoDA), which is a specialized accrediting body of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only dental assisting program in Central Pennsylvania to hold this accreditation. It means that you do not need to complete 3,500 hours of work as a dental assistant after graduation before qualifying to take the general chairside component of the Dental Assisting National Board certification exam. This accreditation allows you to immediately register for and take the general chairside component of the Dental Assisting National Board certification exam.
Our highly-trained professors will prepare you for the workforce by teaching you:
Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills you need to:
What classes will I take?
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Upon completing your certificate, you can continue your education and earn an associate degree at HACC! Our healthcare programs, among others, may be of interest.
When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer your credits to a four-year school if you wish.
Where can I complete this program?
You can complete the entire program, including the clinical portion, at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and to apply.
When can I apply?
You can enroll in classes in the spring, summer and fall. To apply anytime, please visit our website. When enrolling into our dental assisting program, you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Therefore, please use the pre-dental assisting program code 320P to ensure you apply to your intended program.
How can I learn more?
To learn more about our certificate program and admission requirements, please contact an admissions counselor, visit the health careers section of our website or email Melinda Eash. We look forward to speaking with you!