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Dental Assisting

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Dental Assisting program will help prepare you to assist in the delivery of dental treatment, perform office and laboratory procedures, and function as an integral member of a dental care team.

A combination of lecture, laboratory and clinical experience course work includes:

  • Dental, biomedical and clinical sciences
  • Clinical procedures
  • Dental materials
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Radiography
  • Infection and hazard control

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate dental assisting skills
  • Describe proper chairside, infection control and radiographic procedures
  • Accurately perform clinical examinations, radiographic and laboratory procedures, and appropriate chairside procedures and infection control
  • Apply to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become a certified dental assistant

Through COA’s Instructional Service Agreement (ISA) with Martin Community College (MCC), you may earn General Education credits at COA for transfer to MCC’s program. Please visit the MCC website for program information, courses and admission requirements.


Visit the occupational outlook handbook for dental assisting on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Curriculum Guide

Level three ISA between MCC and COA

COA Course Number and Title Prerequisites and
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
(may also accept CIS 110)
none 1 2 n/a 3 2
ENG 102 Applied Communications
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry and ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting
Prerequisites for ENG 102: none
Prerequisites for ENG 111: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement
Prerequisite for ENG 114: ENG 111
3 – 6 n/a n/a 3 – 6 3 – 6
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisites: ENG 080 and RED 080, or ENG 085, or DRE 097, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3

Through the ISA between MCC and COA, students may earn General Education courses at COA for transfer to MCC’s Dental Assisting program. The General Education Courses are approved for transfer. Please see MCC for other program courses and admission requirements.