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Dental Assisting

What is taught in Dental Assisting?

Dental assisting offers students the opportunity to explore the dental health profession by providing hands-on experience and classroom instruction. The program provides students with the skills necessary for entry level employment in a variety of dental settings.

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant is a vital member of the dental healthcare team who provides support and assistance to dentists and dental hygienists in various clinical and administrative tasks. Dental assistants play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of dental practices and clinics. Their responsibilities encompass both patient care and office management duties.


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Pathway Information


Health Science Pathways

Dental Assistant

Skills Taught

  • Basic Front Office Procedures
  • Chairside Assisting and Tray Set-up
  • Dental Radiology
  • Instrument Identification
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Oral Anatomy
  • Charting
  • Sterilization and Disinfection

Careers in the Dental Health Field

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Business Assistant
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Sterilization Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Dental Specialist

Program Expectation

  •  2 Class hour Block (30 hours per term)
  • 90 Hour Externship in a Dental Office
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Scrubs
  • Prerequisite: (Helpful but not mandatory)
    • Medical Terminology
    • Medical Anatomy
    • Physiology

Completion Outcomes

  • Utah Dental Assisting Endorsement
  • Certificate from USBE
  • Utah Dental Radiology Certificate from the Utah Dental Advisory Board
  • OSHA Certificate
  • Health Care Provider CPR Certificate