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The Dental Assistant program provides students with the skills necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of dental settings. Students will study terminology and the science behind dentistry, obtain and record medical and dental histories, take basic patient vital signs, instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control, and provide pre- and post-operative instructions as prescribed by a dentist. Students will also set up instrument trays; sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment; assist in restorative and surgical procedures; expose diagnostic dental radiographs; make dental impressions, study casts, bleach and mouthguards; clean and polish the coronal portion of the teeth; place sealants, and apply topical fluorides to strengthen teeth. Administrative instruction includes scheduling appointments, receiving payments, completing insurance forms, and maintaining patient records.

Cost Summary

$45.00 Adult college admission fee
$40.00 Annual high school student fee
$3,095.55 Student tuition and fees **
$716.00 Estimated books and materials *
$18.00 Certificate Processing Fee
Paid upon program completion

Financial Aid

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Dental Assistant

Classroom Hours

Mo Tu We Th Fr

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

Admission Requirements

The Dental Assistant program is open to qualified post-secondary students who meet the following program requirements.

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete a physical exam performed by a physician and provide documentation of all required vaccinations.
  • Complete a Dental Assistant Program Application.
  • Complete program placement assessments as noted below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Students accepted into the Dental Assistant Program, must take and pass a urine drug screen. Complete and pass a federal criminal background check.*

*Any misdemeanor or felony conviction on record may negatively impact the chances of completing the program, being placed on an externship site, applying for the Certified Dental Assistant credential, and obtaining employment in a health care setting. See instructor for more information.

Many programs have guidelines beyond those you see above: Critical Program Information

Placement Assessment Requirements (Download/Print Assessment Requirements)

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Score: 237 - 300
Alternate Documenation


Accuplacer Next Generation Math (Arithmetic) Score: 236 - 249
Alternate Documenation

  • High school students do not need to complete placement assessments unless specifically required by the program
  • Placement testing is waived for students with a Davis Tech Certificate of Completion at an equivalent level or higher, or an associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college.

Certifications & Credentials

Davis Technical College Credentials
Davis Technical College Certificate of Program Completion
Available Licensing/Certifications

Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Certified Dental Assisting (CDA)

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing R156-69-604 Radiology Certification

Utah State Board of Education CTE Skill Certificate (High School Students Only)

Dental Assistant: Dental Science I

Transfer Options

Academic agreements are used to identify comparable courses or pathways between educational institutions. This allows students to receive credit at a receiving institution without having to duplicate courses recently completed and to continue their education between schools. In order to receive credit for course work included in these agreements, students must provide a transcript to the receiving institution with a grade “B” or better in the designate course(s). Any additional requirements are stated below.

Program Faculty

Cathy Turnbow
CDA, Master's Education from Ashford University

Nicole Durr
CDA, Certificate of Completion from Davis Technical College

Kimberlee Knudsen
High School Diploma, Certificate from Bryman

Leslie Frandsen
Diploma, with Extensive Industry Experience from

Valentina Sandoval
High School Diploma, Certificate from Salt Lake Community College

*NOTE: Textbook and material costs are based on Davis Tech’s bookstore prices at the time of publication and are subject to change. There are no charges associated with personal data collection and processes or verification of student identity.

**High School Students: High school students are exempt from student tuition and fees. While high school students are not required to purchase textbooks, they are required to purchase personal and consumable learning resources and materials.

Davis Technical College

Enrollment Steps


Meet with IMA for Health Professions - to complete college application (if needed) and pick up paperwork packet


Complete paperwork for Dental Assistant program - return to IMA, Carlos, or lockbox


Complete placement assessments


Enroll in program


Meet with IMA to schedule orientation (First monday of month, 8am)


Meet with Financial Aid Department (if appropriate)

— After orientation is complete —


Schedule first course


Pay tuition and fees


Start classes