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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 Adult college admission fee
$293 High School Cost (estimated) | View details
$2,930 Student tuition and fees **
$521 Estimated books and materials *
$18 Certificate Processing Fee
Paid upon program completion

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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

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)
  • 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.


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)
Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Score: 237 - 300
Alternate Documentation
Accuplacer Next Generation Math (Arithmetic) Score: 236 - 300
Alternate Documentation
  • 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
  • Eligibility to sit for RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) certification given by AMT (American Medical Technologist)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) Certification
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) Certification
  • 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 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

Cathy Turnbow
CDA, Master's Education from Ashford University
801-593-2349 Email

Nicole Durr
CDA, Certificate of Completion from Davis Technical College
801-593-2311 Email

Kimberlee Knudsen
High School Diploma, Certificate from Bryman
801-593-2428 Email

Leslie Frandsen
Diploma, with Extensive Industry Experience from
801-593-2428 Email

Valentina Sandoval
High School Diploma, Certificate from Salt Lake Community College
801-593-2428 Email

*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


Complete college application and pay fee


Complete Placement Assessments


Meet with Student Services for program instructions


Meet with Financial Aid Department (if appropriate)


Pay tuition and fees


Purchase textbooks and materials


Start classes