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Dental Assisting Certificate

Selective Admission Criteria

  • Program admission is selective and requires submission of a complete application file that includes a college application, high school transcripts or GED record and college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Students must have any developmental courses completed to be accepted in the Dental Assisting Certificate.
  • The program accepts 25 students for a Fall Evening Cohort and 25 students for a Spring Daytime Cohort.
  • The Fall Cohort applications are evaluated in May and the Spring Cohort applications are evaluated in October.
  • Applicants who do not meet admission requirements or who have applied after the program selection is completed must request re-evaluation for admission to the program after completion of the requirements.
  • All students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in each Dental Assisting course. Student who receives a “D” or lower in a Dental Assisting course may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old to enter the program.

Following acceptance into the program, students must meet health requirements.  Contact the Department Chair or the Academic Advising Office for more information.

Non-Academic Readmission Policy

Students who leave the program for other than academic reasons (“D” or “F” in a Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene course) may request readmission and be readmitted provided there is course seat availability. The Department Chair must be notified in writing of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester. 

Academic Readmission Policy
A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons (“D” or “F” in a Dental Assisting course) must complete the following before being considered:

  1. Contact an advisor who will assist in development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
  2. The following requirements must be included in the academic plan for readmission:
    1. Written notification to the Department Chair of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester.
    2. A 2.0 overall GPA.
    3. May be required to pass a lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired skills. 



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