Dental Assisting Program

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 semester.

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.

Program Information

  • Preclinical Procedures
  • Orofacial Anatomy
  • Infection/Hazard Control
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Sciences
  • Dental Health Education
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Practice
Graduates of the WCC Dental Assisting Program will: 

  • Apply key concepts of dentistry: relieving pain, restoring function, preventing disease, educating patients, and improving looks.
  • 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.

Admission Information

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members for the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

For questions concerning the admission procedures, please contact: Jenny Webb, Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator, 336-838-6515. For questions concerning the Dental Assisting program, please contact: Jennifer Hastings, Dental Assisting Instructor, 336-838-6253.

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Contact Information

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Jenny Webb
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6515
jbwebb443@wilkescc.edu
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Jennifer Hastings
Lead Instructor - Dental Assisting
Phone: 336-838-6253
jrhastings018@wilkescc.edu