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Dental Assisting

What is Dental Assisting? 

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures. The Dental Assisting program is a full year in length divided into two semesters and an eight-week summer session. One class of twelve students is accepted annually, beginning with the fall semesterDental.   

Employment opportunities in our service area are primarily in private general practice where all types of dental procedures are performed or in one of the specialty practices such as oral surgery or orthodontics where the focus is limited. Other excellent career options for formally trained dental assistants are:   

  •  Dental auxiliary education   
  •  Federal dental facilities   
  •  Public health dentistry   

The job market is excellent for dental assistants locally and nationally.

Dental Assisting Admission Information 


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Preclinical Procedures
  • Orofacial Anatomy
  • Infection/Hazard Control
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Sciences
  • Dental Health Education
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Practice

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Dental Assisting Program will:

  • Apply key concepts of dentistry.
  • Utilize standards of infection and hazard control.
  • Produce radiographs of diagnostic quality.
  • Perform clinical supportive treatments and dental laboratory procedures.
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics and appearance.

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Contact Information:

Jennifer R. Hastings
Jennifer R. Hasting
Lead Instructor,
Dental Assisting
(336) 838-6253