Dental assistants prepare patients, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials and assist the dentist during dental procedures.
In our program, you'll learn to:
Our program offers a one-year certificate program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. You will build your skill through extensive lab and hands-on training at community clinics, private practice and the UMKC School of Dentistry.
You will be prepared to enter the workforce as a trained dental assistant and certified expanded-duties dental assistant and will be eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board.
Accreditation: The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval” without reporting requirements]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC Admissions Application. Please download the document detailing dental program admission. It can be found in the right column of this page, labeled Dental Assisting Application Process.