Skills Certificate, Dental Assisting Basic Training

Note: This degree/certificate leads to professional licensure. Licensing requirements vary by state/territory and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. Please visit our Professional Licensure Programs page for full details on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Program Description 

The Skills Certificate, Dental Assisting Basic Training will provide formal training to students in infection control, radiation health, safety, and dental chairside procedures. Students who successfully complete the Skills Certificate will be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Certification exam and the Infection Control Certification exam. 

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Completion of the program will earn students three points toward admission to the dental assisting program. Currently, students can earn 2 pts. for completing ENG 100, ENG 101, ENG 113, and one point for completing COM 113ENG 102, or ENG 114

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st semesterUnits
DA 101 Infection Control in the Dental Office/Sterilization Technician 4
DA 102 Entry Level Radiation Health and Safety 3
DA 103 Introduction to the Basics of Clinical Dental Assisting 4
 Semester Total11
 Total Units11

Students must be at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate, or recognized equivalent. Space is limited and students must complete and submit an application to the program. Students must be current with required vaccinations. Students are selected based on their chronological position on the applicant list.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
DA 101Infection Control in the Dental Office/Sterilization Technician4
DA 102Entry Level Radiation Health and Safety3
DA 103Introduction to the Basics of Clinical Dental Assisting4
  • Apply infection control techniques to perform disinfection and sterilization procedures in the dental setting.
  • Apply dental x-ray techniques to correctly expose dental x-rays.
  • Using critical thinking, determine the correct instrument and materials for selected dental chairside procedures.