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: www.bls.gov/SOC
- SOC Code: (Standard Occupational Classification) 31-9091
- HEGIS Code: 5202.00
- 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 https://eservices.nysed.gov/professions/contact-us/#/ 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.
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.