Dental Assistant

Give them something to smile about by becoming a Dental Assistant!

Under the direct supervision of dentists, the Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting with patient care, performing minor lab functions and providing administrative support for the office. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, dental assisting is expected to grow by more than 36% over the next few years. ACC’s Dental Assistant program is helping meet this demand by training students in the field of dental health and preparing them to work in all areas of a dental office.

Program Description

The ACC Dental Assistant Program can be completed in less than nine months, and consists of eight progression courses, including classroom and lab hours. In this program, students will gain the skills needed to take the State of Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam, and enter into an entry-level position in the dental industry.

Admission Requirements

The ACC Dental Assistant program is open to any person at least 18-years-old at the start of the course, along with the following requirements:  

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to effectively communicate orally and in-writing with English
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and access to email
  • Have manual dexterity to use dental instruments effectively
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meeting
  • Be physically able to stand for prolonged periods and maneuver in limited spaces
  • Be able to push/pull/lift 50+ pounds
  • Visit the CEWD Healthcare page for the Viewpoint Screening and the application process and needs: 
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • Be current in health care vaccinations
    • CEWD Physical form completed
    • Have a current CPR certification
    • Read and understand HB1508 requirements for the licensing path

Upon completion of Viewpoint Screening, student will complete registration form either in-person (H103) or via email (  
Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Required Courses and Course Descriptions

Chairside Assisting* An introduction to pre-clinical chairside assisting procedures, instrumentation, infection and hazard control protocol, equipment safety and maintenance. The Chairside Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology and restorations, and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restorations, and cosmetic restorations. Students will develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing, and flossing techniques and dental procedures using lay terminology.

 Dental Science and General Anatomy* The Dental Science and General Anatomy course presents the study of dental terminology, morphology, histology, and oral embryology. Students learn the basic structure and function of human anatomy with special emphasis on the head and neck. The course prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making, and for professional communication with colleagues and patients.

 Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management* The Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management course prepares dental assistant students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, to control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students address maintenance of emergency kits, and will learn to take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories.

 *These are first level courses for the Dental Assistant Program. A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting is required for admission and registration.

 Dental Radiology** The Dental Radiography course prepares dental assisting students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. The history of radiology theory will be presented including physics, radiation protection, and operation of radio-graphic equipment, darkroom procedures, and exposure techniques. Specific safety and universal/standard precautions for the radiology lab will be practiced.

 Intermediate Dental Assisting Applications** The Intermediate Dental Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. Students will develop and learn an in-depth study of assisting techniques with emphasis on four-handed dentistry, utilization of tray set-ups for specific procedures and expand the necessary skills to utilize materials. Expanded also, is to take alginate impressions and clean removable appliances.

 Professionalism in the Dental Office** This course prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or in another dental health care environment. It is a pre-requisite course prior to the clinical visits. Students develop professional appearance and image, while learning life skills for their personal management. The course instructs on the lessons of working within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks, in preparation for entering the dental workforce. Dental assistant students will develop and customize their resumes, learn the importance of job search and lay out an ongoing professional development plan.

**These are second level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, current enrollment of first level courses in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.

 Dental Office Management and Procedures
*** This course prepares dental assistant students to manage telephones, personal relations, appointments, recall systems, appointment scheduling and inventory. Students also develop the skills needed to process accounts receivable, accounts payable, collection, and third party reimbursements.

 Dental Assisting: Clinical*** This course allows the student clinical experience, as outlined in the learning plan, to apply and integrate the core information and skills acquired thus far in the dental program into professional settings. During interactions at clinical sites among patients, the student will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology found in the dental field and skills outlined in the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Supervision is provided by the clinical coordinator and professional affiliates. At the limited class meetings the student will present case studies and formulate responses to presented topics.
Note: Part-time/evening students will be required to attend day-time sessions of this class.

***These are third level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, completion of first and second levels in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.

Upcoming Classes

Dental Science & General Anatomy

Course No. Date(s) Time Days Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1011 01 2/1/2022 - 3/31/2022 1:30PM - 4:30PM TTH H116 F. Elkins

Dental Health, Safety and Emergency Management

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1013 01 2/1/2022 - 3/31/2022 9:00AM - 1:00PM TTH H116 M. Abraham

Chairside Assisting

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1015 01 2/2/2022 - 4/1/200 9:00AM - 1:00PM WF H116 M. Abraham


Intermediate Dental Assistant Application

Course No.  Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1042 01 4/4/2022 - 6/1/2022 9:00AM - 12:00PM MW H116 M. Abraham

Dental Radiology 

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1005 01 4/5/2022 - 5/26/2022 1:00PM - 4:00PM TTH H116 F. Elkins

Professionalism/Dental Office

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1002 01 4/5/2022 - 5/26/2022 9:00AM - 12:00PM TTH H116 M. Abraham

The approximate cost of the ACC Dental Assistant Program is $5,925. This does not include fees, books, or a CPR certification course. Approximate costs are calculated using in-district tuition rates. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more about tuition assistance call 281-756-3787.