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
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.
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The Dental Assisting 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, gather vital signs of patients, 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; expose diagnostic dental radiographs; make dental impressions and study casts; clean and polish the coronal portion of the teeth; and apply topical fluorides to strengthen teeth. Administrative instruction includes scheduling appointments, receiving payments, completing insurance forms, and maintaining patient records. Students will have the opportunity and are required to observe dental procedures, assist the dentist, and mentor other students in the donated dental clinic on select Tuesdays and Fridays. Information on when each of these phases need to happen will be listed in your course syllabus. Students might need to make changes to their personal schedule to accommodate these clinics.
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)
High school students must have 3.0 GPA. Assessment can be taken if GPA requirement is not met.
Provide documentation of all required vaccinations
Complete a Dental Assisting 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.
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 emailed to Admissions@davistech.edu. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in most cases
The following tests are required for this program:
High School student applicants must submit transcripts for ALL PROGRAMS. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of Math 2 (B or higher) and English 2 (B or higher) is required to waive testing for high school students. Some programs have higher GPA requirements. Student’s must have the minimum required grade for two quarters or one semester in the same school year.
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
Credentials and Certifications
Davis Technical College Credentials
Davis Technical College Certificate of Program Completion
Eligibility to sit for RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) certification given by AMT (American Medical Technologist)
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
Following the completion of this Davis Tech program and after being admitted to the partner institution, your Davis Tech certificate of completion will be converted to as many as 30 credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science at any Utah colleges and universities. Additional information can be found here.
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Associate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho
Certificate from Davis Technical College
Associate degree from Utah State University
Certificate from Davis Technical College
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