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Dental Assisting

*Effective Summer 2024, the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program will have a new start date. This program will change from a Fall start to a Summer start. All applications will be processed for Summer admission and enrollment.

Associate Degrees

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting


Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

Continuing Education

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Health Sciences Online Application

After submitting a Health Sciences application, the student will receive details in their Trident Tech email from the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator regarding the Online Information Session and Quiz. Students must achieve a score of 100% on the quiz to verify the information was reviewed and understood.

Program Information and Course Sequence-Diploma, Effective Summer 2024

Program Information and Course Sequence-Associates, Effective Summer 2024

Dental Assisting Observation Hours form

What can I do in dental assisting?

These health care professionals assist in dental procedures, prepare and sterilize instruments and equipment, take X-rays and impressions, care for patients during and after treatment, and educate patients on good oral health. The dental assistant is really the dentist’s “right arm,” with varied job duties that may also include ordering supplies, scheduling appointments and answering telephones.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Dental assistants should have good organizational skills, since dentists rely on them to have the correct tools in place as well as help manage the office. They should also have strong interpersonal skills so they can communicate effectively with both the dentist and the patient, who may be in pain or fearful of treatment. Attention to detail is a must.

Where can I work?

Dental assistants work in general dental practices and specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatric dentistry. They may be employed to provide dental services for patients in hospitals, assisted living facilities, schools and public health clinics. Dental assistants may also work with insurance companies processing dental claims.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

TTC's Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program includes both general education and professional dental courses with hands-on learning. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Dental Assistant graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Exam to become a certified dental assistant.

Health Information

COVID-19 vaccines as well as other vaccines/immunizations/titers may be required for some health sciences programs in order to attend clinicals. Should immunizations and titers be required by a clinical affiliate and the student refuses to obtain the vaccines/immunizations/titers, this may impact the student’s ability to be assigned to certain clinical rotations, which may in turn impact the student’s ability to continue in the program.


The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Program Goals:

Goal 1: Critical Thinking- Dental Hygiene graduates will be able to provide the dental hygiene process of care (assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation, documentation) by utilizing ccritical thinking, problem solving, and evidence-based decision making for all patients.

Goal 2: Quality and Safety- Dental Hygiene graduates will adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations, and regulations in providing quality dental hygiene care using safe and effective dental hygiene practice.

Goal 3: Communication- Dental Hygiene graduates will be able to communicate effectively with and deliver culturally competent, inter-professional dental care to individuals and groups from diverse populations.

Goal 4: Professionalism- Dental Hygiene graduates will be able to apply ethical, legal and regulatory concepts in all endeavors.

Goal 5: Life-Long Learning- Dental Hygiene graduates will continually perform self-assessment to maintain professional standards and encourage life-long learning. 

Getting Started

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College
  2. Once accepted, apply to the program by completing the Health Sciences Application and be on the lookout for an email from the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator
  3. Complete the online information session, link will be provided in the email you will receive from the Admissions Coordinator.
  4. Review the Program Information & Course Sequence and get registered for classes. Click here to get information on how to register or contact your advisor.
  5. Complete Dental Assisting Observation Hours
  6. After you complete the Dental Assisting Information Session and submit the Dental Assisting Observation hours, then submit the statement of completion form.
  7. Be on the lookout for an acceptance letter in your Trident Tech email from the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator. Please respond to her email prior to the indicated deadline in order to secure your seat. Get ready for an exciting career in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting!