Dental Assisting Program

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Program Description

The Dental Assisting program is a one-semester, daytime only, curriculum designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in private dental offices, hospital outpatient clinics, state and federal agencies, insurance companies and dental supply houses. Students receive instruction in basic dental operatory and laboratory skills and dental terminology. Students are accepted in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate of Competence – Dental Assisting (16 credits)
  • Certificate of Achievement – Dental Assisting (39 credits)

Certification

The Dental Assisting National Board offers an examination to students who graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or have worked more than 3500 hours as a dental assistant (subject to employer verification). KCC’s program is applying for initial accreditation.

Currently the state of Hawai‘i does not require dental assistants to be certified, unlike 38 mainland states. Certified Dental Assistants are sought after by Federal Agencies such as the military.

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Careers: The purpose of the Dental Assisting program is entry-level preparation of dental assistants to work in private dental offices, hospital outpatient clinics, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and dental supply houses.  The career outlook nationwide remains positive.

Toolbox

Download forms & documents at the Dental Assisting Program Toolbox.

 

Contact Information

ANNOUNCEMENT

Kapi’olani Community College has applied to the Commission on Dental Accreditation for initial accreditation of its Certificate of Achievement Dental Assisting Program and will receive their site visit on October 30 and 31, 2014. The Commission is requesting written comments from interested parties. All comments relative to programs being visited will be due in the Commission office no later than October 1. Third-party comments relative to the Commission’s accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients, and/or consumers.

All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Only signed comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, standards may be viewed at: http://www.ada.org/~/media/CODA/Files/da.ashx

All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Only signed comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office. Please submit your comments to: Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 by October 1, 2014.