Dental Assisting

School of
Health Professions

Heather Larsen

Heather Larsen

  • Instructional Management Assistant
  • 801-593-2378

Program Summary

When Can I Start

Start dates occur every two weeks


29 Credit Hours

Time to Complete

12 months @ 18hrs/wk

Training Locations

Main Campus

Adult Student Costs | $3,078*

Estimated: Includes Tuition (@ 29 Credit hours), Fees and Course Materials. Some elective courses may have additional fees and/or materials that are not calculated in this summary.

High School Costs | $302

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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Program Outcomes

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Program / Admission Details

Program Description
The Dental Assisting Program is designed to prepare for employment of the professional Chairside Assistant. Students focus on the basics of dental assisting, nutrition, dental prevention, dental disease, infection control, instruments and tray setups for dental procedures, dental materials, anatomy, radiology, dental specialties, law and ethics, CPR, and a clinical experience.
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)
  • 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.

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

Placement 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. 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
Available Licensing/Certifications
  • Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification
  • 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
Transfer Options

The following academic agreements are available to students in the this 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:

Classroom Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am-11am 8am-11am 8am-11am 8am-11am 8am-11am
12pm-3pm 12pm-3pm 12pm-3pm 12pm-3pm 12pm-3pm

Program Faculty

Nicole Durr

FT Nicole Durr | Lead Instructor

  • CDA
  • Associate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho
Ashley Wiser

FT Ashley Wiser

  • RDA
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
Celise Herlin

FT Celise Herlin

  • RDA
  • Associate degree from Utah State University
Emily Merchan

PT Emily Merchan

  • RDA
  • Certificate from Davis Technical College
Summer Bradshaw

PT Summer Bradshaw

  • High School