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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 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.