COVID-19 Response

TJC has temporarily suspended most on-campus operations and has transitioned to remote instruction and business. Currently, all buildings except the Library are only accessible to employees.

COVID-19 Information Center

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!

Application Notice

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: 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.

Degree Plans

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.

How to Apply
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.