Dental Assisting Admissions

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to assist dentists in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team, performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Coursework includes general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry and clinical procedures.

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The Dental Assisting program begins in the Fall semester only, and acceptance is based on a competitive process, not a waiting list. When there are more applicants meeting admission requirements than available seats, those applicants with the highest number of points will be selected.

Applicants will be awarded points for general education courses (ENG 111, COM 120, PSY 118, and BIO 106) that are part of the curriculum and have been completed. The number of points awarded is based on the applicant's grade and the credit hours of the course.

Once accepted into the Dental Assisting program, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements. Registration for DEN classes occurs after the mandatory department orientation.

Wake Tech's Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and, therefore, a graduate is classified as a Dental Assistant II (DA II) according to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The graduate is eligible to take the General Chairside Exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant. As a DA II, defined by the dental laws of North Carolina, graduates can perform identified expanded functions, including coronal polishing.