PUA for Dental Assistants

PUA for Dental Assistants


Dear Prospective Healthcare Program Students,

During this challenging pandemic, the KCC Health Education Non-Credit Unit (HENC) has numerous short-term training courses called RHEP-Rapid Healthcare Education Programs. We hope this page is informative as you contemplate upskilling or changing careers.

It is important that you attend a mandatory program Information Session for each program you are interested in. Due to social distancing and online delivery of programs in the near future, some details related to applying and registering for the program you are interested in may not be accurate on this web page. The Information Session via Zoom WILL have all the correct instructions you need.

You must attend the mandatory program Information Session(s) via Zoom and qualify for program entry in order to participate in these programs. Please refer to the RHEP Information Session Schedule

Program Description

The Professional Update & Advancement (PUA) program is a six to twelve-month apprenticeship employment program including a 145-hour campus course that prepares dental assistants for the national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The program is open to those already working as a dental assistant. Apprentices may be employed in private practices or clinics.

Summer 2020 program begins on August 3

A limited number of $1795 tuition stipends are available through the Dept. of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant. There is no cost to you!

Program Info

Course Schedule
Session Dates August 3, 2020 to October 28, 2020
Times Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:15pm to 9:00pm
Location Kapi‘olani Community College—-Kauila Building, Room 113

We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons.

All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat. Employer recommendation is required for entry into this program.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information/eligibility sessions listed below to determine your eligibility and to receive approval for registering. No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus. A brief discussion of the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented.


Information Sessions

June 16, 2020 Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Online Via Zoom
July 14, 2020 Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Online Via Zoom
Registration Procedure

After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will be provided with online registration instructions. You may also choose to register and pay in person at Kopiko 121 (Non-Credit Registration Office). Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program.

NOTE: Summer 2020 tuition is completely covered through the grant stipend.  There is limited seating and students are accepted on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis. Textbooks are included in the tuition and will be provided on the first evening of class.


A 100% refund is given if the cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course. A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are an option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit score based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.


Regular tuition is $1,795.  Summer 2020 course is completely funded through ​ the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

There is no cost for students.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate proficiency at a level sufficient to pass the DANB exam in:

  • Infection Control
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
  • Dental Sciences Foundation
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Instruments
  • Dental Radiography
  • Imaging Techniques
Degree and National Certification

Students successfully completing the 1000 to 2000 hour paid apprenticeship and the related training 145-hour campus course will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College. Graduates will be prepared for the national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Contact Information


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