Apply to the Dental Assisting Program

Program application deadline: February 15. Program begins in the summer semester (June).

Program applications received after the Feb 15 deadline will only be reviewed and considered if there are open seats in the program.

Steps to apply

Personal qualities

Characteristics of a successful dental assistant include but are not limited to: take and follow direction under stressful situations; multitask with attention to detail and organization; work collaboratively as part of a team; and possess a stable, responsible and caring temperament.

Essential functions

Manual dexterity, bilateral control and quick response to directions.

Students can choose between a one-year certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). You will build your skills through extensive lab and hands-on training at community clinics, private practices and the UMKC School of Dentistry.

Students will be prepared to enter the workforce as a trained dental assistant and certified expanded-function dental assistant and will be eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board. Learn more about the job of the Expanded Function Dental Assistant and its requirements in the states of Missouri and Kansas.

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