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

Program Cost Estimate


Includes: Tuition (@ 945 hours), Fees and Course Materials. Some elective courses may have additional fees and/or materials that are not calculated in this summary.

High School Cost Estimate


Tuition is free for high school students, however there are some fees and materials that they may be responsible for at the beginning or during the program

  • Annual Fee: $40
  • Background Check/Immuniztions/Drugscreening: $78
  • Scrubs/Uniform: $40
  • Fees Description – by program
Certificate Processing Fee


Paid upon program completion

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Dental Assistant
Classroom Hours

8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm


8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm


8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm


8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm


8am - 11am

12pm - 3pm

Admission Requirements

Secondary and post-secondary students who meet the following program requirements may enroll in the Dental Assistant program.

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (adult students only)
  • Provide documentation of all required vaccinations
  • Complete a Dental Assistant program requirement packet
  • Complete program placement assessments as noted below.


Students accepted into the Dental Assistant Program, must meet the following post-admission requirements.

  • Take and pass a urine drug screen
  • Complete and pass a federal criminal background check*
    NOTE: High School students must wait until they graduate and/or turn 18 years of age to complete this 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)

Transcripts for prior academic learning or assessments (such as college or high school), may waive some or all of the admission requirements. Copies should be provided to the Assessment Center. Refer to page 2 of the program Admissions Requirements to see if you qualify. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in most cases. Once you have paid your application fee, you may email your transcripts to the Assessment Center for review or bring them with you when you are ready to enroll in a program.

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Score: 237 - 300
Alternate Documentation
Accuplacer Next Generation Math (Arithmetic) Score: 236 - 300
Alternate Documentation
Sample Questions for the Accuplacer Math and Reading Assessments can be found here:
Next Generation Accuplacer MATH (Arithmetic)
Next Generation Accuplacer READING
  • 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 degree or higher from a regionally accredited college.
  • Students should complete at least 50% of the total program course requirements while enrolled at the college. Exceptions may be reviewed and approved by the Director of Student Services

Certifications & Credentials

Davis Technical College Credentials
  • Davis Technical College Certificate of Program Completion

Available Licensing/Certifications
  • Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification
  • Eligibility to sit for RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) certification given by AMT (American Medical Technologist)
  • Radiology Certification Approved by Utah State Board of Dental Examiners

Utah State Board of Education CTE Skill Certificate (High School Students Only)
  • Dental Assistant: Dental Science I

Transfer Options

The following academic agreements are available to students in the Dental Assistant program. In order to receive credit for course work included in these agreements, you must provide a transcript to the receiving institution.

Please be aware that some agreements require you to complete the entire program before they will transfer credit. Please contact your instructor at Davis Tech if you have questions.

This program is eligible to transfer credits towards an AAS degree to the following institutions:

  • Weber State University
  • Utah State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Ensign Business College
  • Dixie State University

Program Faculty

  • FT Cathy Turnbow – Lead Faculty
  • CDA; M.Ed from Ashford University
  • 801-593-2349
  • FT Nicole Durr
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
  • 801-593-2311
  • PT Ashley Wiser
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
  • PT Celise Herlin
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
  • PT Kira Simpson
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
  • PT Lorna Koci
  • Bachelor's degree from Mary Washington 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.