Dental Assisting Program

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.

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • The Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting (41 credits)
    The Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting is a 2 semester, 41 credit program that has applied for initial accreditation by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA) that prepares individuals to work as clinical and administrative assistants in dental offices, clinics or other dental practice settings. Addition of this two-credit course will bring total to 41 credits. The curriculum is aligned with standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA) as well as the Hawai‘i Administrative Rules of the Board of Dental Examiners. Graduates of the accredited program will be immediately eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination to become Certified Dental Assistants (CDA).
  • The Certificate of Competence, Dental Assisting (16 credits)
    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.

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).

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.

Contact Information

Accreditation

Graduates of the accredited Certificate of Achievement program (since Spring of 2015) are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination and become Certified Dental Assistants. Dental Assistants who earn the Certificate of Competence and have worked more than 3500 hours as a dental assistant (subject to employer verification) may also take the Dental Assisting National Board examination.

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.


Download forms & documents at the Dental Assisting Program Toolbox.