Dental Assisting

The dental assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in 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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Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the dental laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas. Coastal Carolina Community College offers a diploma.

Program Overview

Length: 1-Year Dental Assisting Diploma beginning in the Fall Semester
Application Period: June through mid-January. Check the program bulletin for specific dates.
Number of Students Accepted: 28
Estimated North Carolina Starting Salary: $25,200
Basic Requirements:

  • High School, GED, or Adult High School Graduation
  • Coastal Carolina Community College Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Placement Test
  • Information Session

Tuition & Estimated Costs

Costs may vary slightly from year to year, but the average is listed below. Tuition is set by the NC Legislature and can change without notice.

  • Costs may vary slightly from year to year, but the average is listed below. Tuition is set by the NC Legislature and can change without notice. Each student will also be responsible for providing their transportation to the campus and to off-campus clinical rotation sites. Also, students will need to budget for miscellaneous expenses such as binders, paper, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Candidates should complete their Pell Grant form, Coastal Carolina scholarship form, and other scholarship forms as soon as possible.
  • Candidates should consider other related expenses and issues such as transportation and gas, child care and family responsibilities, lunch, notebooks, pens, paper, planner, etc.
  • Because of the scheduling demands of the Dental Assisting Program, it is important to consider limiting working schedules.
Tuition (3 Semesters) $2,793
Uniforms 350
Liability Insurance 16
Books/Supplies 700
Dental Assisting National Board 475
Hepatitis Vaccine 195
Miscellaneous 100
TOTAL $4,629

Program Goals & Outcomes

Dental Assisting Program Goals

  • To provide a student-centered teaching environment that engages the students as active learners.
  • To educate dental assisting students in the ethical, legal, and competent practice of dental assisting.
  • To prepare students to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment.
  • To prepare students to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.
  • To prepare dental assistants with the interpersonal skills and necessary competencies to provide patientcentered care.
  • To educate students on current technologies and the skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare system.
  • To engage students in the promotion of dental health ideals through service to the community and involvement with professional organizations.

Dental Assisting Program Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Dental Assisting program will be able to demonstrate a sound grasp of basic skills and knowledge in the basic sciences, dental sciences, general education, and dental assisting science. 85% of the Dental Assisting program graduates taking the Dental Assisting National Board will pass the exam.
  • Graduates of the Dental Assisting program will be clinically proficient. At the close of their final term, 85% of the graduates will be able to practice dental assisting skills with an 85% proficiency as directed by the Dental Assisting program faculty in Capstone Course – Clinical Practice II (DEN107).
  • Graduates of the Dental Assisting program will be employed in the field or continue their education in dentistry or a related field. 50% of the responding graduates of the Dental Assisting program will report employment in the field or enrollment in an educational program on the Completer/Graduate FollowUp Survey. 75% of the responding (previous year) graduates of the Dental Assisting program will report employment in the field or enrollment in an educational program on the Alumni Employment FollowUp Survey.
  • Employers of the Dental Assisting program graduates will rate the clinical and academic skills of the employees as above average or better. The Employer Survey conducted each year will rate the graduates as above average on the three course area performance (competency) survey questions. “Above average” is higher than 3.0 on a 5 point scale; however, if any of the three survey questions has an individual rating below 3.0, that individual course area performance will be reviewed further. 90% of the respondents to an Employer Survey conducted each year will respond that they would employ future graduates of the Dental Assisting program.

Note: The Dental Assisting program meets or exceeds the stated goals/outcomes every year.