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Dental Assisting Certification

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Dental Assisting Certification is offered at COA – Elizabeth City. Our 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


Interested students can sign up for this program through our partner, Catawba Valley Community College, by contacting Nikki Hicks at 828-327-7000 ext. 4631 or

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate appropriate 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


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