Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting student.
  • As valuable members of the dental assisting profession, dental assistants take on significant responsibilities. Working directly with dentists, they perform a wide variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Dental Assisting is a 1043-hour program, including 200 hours of dental experience in area dental offices, over a period of nine months. Coursework includes dental theory, emergency care, infection control, preventive dentistry, clinical assisting and dental radiology. Dental Assisting has been approved by the NYS Department of Education for licensure and certification purposes. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take certification exams, which lead to licensure. 

    • US Dept of Labor:
    • SOC Code: (Standard Occupational Classification) 31-9091
    • HEGIS Code: 5202.00

    Dental Assisting Instructor, Adele Haskins, gives a brief overview of the CiTi Adult Offerings dental assisting program:


  • Admissions requirements: 

    • Completed application with two professional references
    • HS Diploma or equivalent required
    • 250-word essay and interview with the lead instructor
    • Achieve Reading 10 and Math 8 on Level A of the TABE exam OR a passing Kaplan examine score will be accepted.
    • College transcripts, if prior attendance
    • Up-to-date physical and immunization records
    • Valid CPR card
    • Licensure fee
    • Students must provide their own shoes.
    • If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony or have charges pending against you for professional misconduct or have child support obligations, contact the NYSED Office of Professions at prior to enrollment to determine your eligibility to receive a license. Questions pertaining to moral character may hamper your ability to obtain a dental assisting license even if you have passed all Dental Assisting modules and the DANB.

Course Information

  • Tuition: $10,865 (includes books, supplies, lab jacket, scrubs, and certification exam fee) 

    Median loan debt incurred by students: $4,180 

    Completion Rate**: 83%

    Job Placement Rate**: 79%

    Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. for approximately nine months, (clinical hours will vary)

    Location: Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi)- Cayuga Community College Campus (11 River Glen Dr, Fulton, NY 13069) 

    Start Date: Fall

    Taught by: Adele Haskins, RDA

    Average Salary*: $38,660

    *According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    **According to CiTi data for the 2018-2019 program year

    This is a COE-approved program.

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