Certified Dental Assisting
Our Certified Dental Assisting certificate of proficiency program is a great first step in your career in dental health care. Certified 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 join our expert faculty and learn in our state-of-the-art facilities the basic level patient care, administrative duties, and laboratory functions.
We'll also teach you how to assist a dentist engaged in performing general dentistry practices such as diagnostic, operative, preventive and other dental procedures. The time to become a certified dental assistant is now!
The Certified Dental Assisting Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on potential applicants. Currently, the Testing Center is closed until May 4th. If you have scheduled an appointment to take the HESI exam during April, you will want to select an alternative date and time within the stated operating hours after May 4th, with the hopes we can reopen in some capacity that week at the main campus. You can reschedule your appointment at: www.tjctesting.setmore.com. You may continue to schedule your HESI entrance exam with the testing center after May 4th.
Currently, the application period is April 12- June 12, we will adjust the application deadline if it becomes necessary. Please continue to monitor information on the COVID-19 FAQ page by clicking HERE as options are being discussed within the academic departments. Also, be sure to continue to monitor the Certified Dental Assisting Program website for any additional information.
Graduates who successfully pass the Dental Assisting National Board are eligible to apply for licensure in the state where they plan to practice.
Certified Dental Assisting (Certificate)
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!
How to Apply
TJC is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Certified Dental Assisting Program is limited. Please submit a CDA Program Application to be considered for admission.
Information in Certified Dental Assisting
The Tyler Junior College Department of Dental Assisting is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation under the following status: "approval without reporting requirements". The next site visit for the program is scheduled for 2023.
For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.