PUA for Dental Assistants

PUA for Dental Assistants

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 2019

Program begins on July 15.

A limited number of $1500 tuition stipends are available through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant.

Your cost is only $295!

Program Info

Course Schedule
Session Dates July 15, 2019 to January 22, 2020
Times Mondays & Wednesdays   5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location Kapi‘olani Community College  Kauila Bldg, 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

May 29, 2019 Wednesday 5:30pm-6:00pm Kauila 113
June 19, 2019 Wednesday 5:30pm-6:00pm Kauila 113
July 10, 2019 Wednesday 5:30pm-6:00pm Kauila 113
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 2019 tuition is discounted from $1,795 to $295 due to 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 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.  The Summer 2019 course is discounted through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

All students will only pay $295 to be registered.

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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