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 2021 program begins on July 12
Regular tuition is $1995. A limited number of $1900 tuition stipends are available through the Dept. of Labor American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant. Qualified students will only pay $95
|Session Dates||July 12, 2021 to October 27, 2021|
|Times||Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00pm 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.
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 a mandatory information session conducted online through Zoom on one of the following dates and times. No appointment is needed. If you do not have the Zoom application on your device, please be sure to download and create your account at https://zoom.us/test .
Zoom meeting link —– https://tinyurl.com/KAP21RHEP
Or access meeting with Zoom meeting ID: 930 4729 9098
|June 16, 2021 Wednesday||5 pm – 6 pm||Online via Zoom|
|June 30, 2021 Wednesday||5 pm – 6 pm||Online via Zoom|
|July 7, 2021 Wednesday||5 pm – 6 pm||Online via Zoom|
After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will be provided with online registration instructions. Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program.
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.
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 $1,995. A limited number of $1900 tuition stipends are available through the Dept. of Labor, American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant. Qualified students will only pay $95.
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).
- PUA Program Coordinator – Martin Chong