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Degree Plans - Certified Dental Assisting (Certificate)

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The challenges presented by a career in dental assisting provide many opportunities for professional growth and personal achievement. Qualified dental assistants are in high demand. The time to become a dental assistant is now! Employment is expected to grow 25 percent over the next few years, so job prospects are on the rise. Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. Come start your career with us!

Come join our expert faculty and learn quality patient care, administrative duties and laboratory functions, all in the setting of our state-of-the-art facilities. Students acquire excellent skills to assist a dentist engaged in performing general dentistry practices such as diagnostic, operative, preventive and other dental procedures.

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon completion of this accredited program, students will earn a Certificate of Proficiency and will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification exam, which provides the designation of CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) at the national level, and which is also recognized by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

Enrollment in this program is limited, and those applying for admission must make application directly to the Dental Assisting Program office. See the Selective Admissions requirements in the Admission section of this Catalog.

Catalog Year
Degree Type
Available Online
Available Hybrid
Degree Plan
Semester I  

DNTA 1311 Dental Science


DNTA 1301 Dental Materials


DNTA 1315 Chairside Assisting


DNTA 1205 Dental Radiology

DNTA 1113 Emergency Management 1
Semester II  

DNTA 1249 Dental Radiology in the Clinic


DNTA 1245 Preventive Dentistry


DNTA 2250 Advanced Dental Assisting Applications


DNTA 1341 Dental Laboratory Procedures


DNTA 1266 Practicum Dental Assistant


DNTA 1347 Advanced Dental Science

Summer Long Session  

DNTA 2266 Practicum Dental Assistant

DNTA 1251 Dental Office Management 2

Total Semester Hours—30


All required DNTA courses must be completed with a “C” or better to receive the certificate.

The TJC Certified Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation under the following status: “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is

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