Dental Assistant

Interested in becoming a Dental Assistant?  Here are the steps to get you started... 

Step 1:  Register for a Health Occupations Center Orientation

.  Click  HERE to register and view details for our Orientations.  
  • Orientation attendance is MANDATORY
  • Orientation attendance will not be recorded for anyone entering orientation 15 minutes late or more.

Step 2:  Take a Health Occupations Center Entry Screening Test.   

  • Testing information/dates/times will be released at the orientation.
  • You will be able to register for the HOC Entry Screening Test 48 hours after your attend orientation.
  • Interested in preparing for the HOC Entry Screening Test?  
    • Click HERE for a review guide to prepare for the HOC Entry Screening Test (CASAS Reading Goals Test)
    • Look under HOC Courses and English Review Classes.  Register for any open English Review Classes.
  • Have you already taken the CASAS Reading Goals test and received a minimum score of 228?  Click HERE to use your CASAS Reading Goals score 

Course Description:

Strong employment growth is expected for Dental Assistants who perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties in dental offices.  These duties may include:  working chair-side as a dentist examines and treats patients; sterilizing instruments and equipment; preparing trays for dental procedures; instructing patients on post-operative and general oral health care; preparing materials for making impressions and restorations; processing x-rays; removing sutures; cleaning and polishing removable appliances; and making temporary crowns.  Front office duties may include scheduling appointments, receiving patients, keeping treatment records, billing, and ordering supplies and materials.  This program consists of 560 hours of classroom/lab instruction and 240 hours of internship where students gain on-the-job experience in a dental office.  Upon successful completion of the class, students are eligible to take the State Certification to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)



A passing score on the HOC English Assessment test, a United States High School Diploma or equivalent, and certification with the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider.


Registration Costs: 



Additional Fees:  (Other prerequisite costs may vary)



Approximate Cost

Due Date

Student Dental Kit


At registration



At registration

RDA test application fee


When requested

Live Scan fingerprints


When requested



State Date

End Date

Days of the Week

Class Times

August 12, 2019

December 18, 2019

Monday - Friday

7:45 am – 2:45 pm


Scrub Color:  Granite Gray

granite gray



D. Harshman and T. Roberts


Refund policy for this class:

Refunds for this class are permitted only until the 2nd class meeting.  A $25.00 administrative processing fee will be charged for withdrawal/refund of this class.


Dental Assistant students learning how to give injections