Certificate in Dental Assisting (CERT_DENT)
Occupational Title: Dental Assistant
Flanagan Campus, Lincoln only
This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental
Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611.
The primary function of the dental assistant is to assist the dentist. Students in
this program attend lecture and laboratory classes and receive actual clinical experience
through assignments at a variety of dental healthcare facilities.
This course of study prepares students for the certification examination given by
the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. Students who successfully complete the program
are awarded a certificate by the college. Students are responsible for purchasing
dental instruments and uniforms, as well as paying fees for the certification exam.
Participation in the dental hygiene program exposes students to infectious diseases,
blood born pathogens and ionizing radiation.
Technical standards: The physical activity (strength) for dental assistant (079.361-018) is classified
as “light” by the Department of Labor in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
Note: Many courses require prerequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.
CCRI also offers a Dental Hygiene associate degree program, see this page for details.
See important general policies in the beginning of this section on the performance-based
Health Sciences application process, academic progress, advanced placement, background
check, CPR certification, health insurance, health records, reinstatement, transportation,
uniforms, and equipment.
Minimum requirements needed to apply to the Dental Assisting
- CCRI application – Submit a completed CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be first
choice; DENT should be second choice.
- High school transcript – Send an official copy of a transcript from an accredited high school or GED® certification,
including date of graduation, or if the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from
an accredited college/university, the high school transcript may be waived; college
transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
- Placement testing – Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI's Department of Advising
and Counseling. Students may retake the ACCUPLACER test once before completing any
- Math: Demonstrate competency by placing into MATH 0100 with a test score of 65 in the arithmetic
section or completion of MATH 0100: Foundations of College Mathematics with a "C "or
better. The entry course for MATH 0100 is MATH 0095.The following courses will substitute
for MATH 0100: 0101, 1025, 1139, 1175, 1240, 1241, 2077, 2110, 2111, 2138, 2141, 2142,
- English (writing) test must show readiness to take ENGL 1010: Composition I, or applicant must have completed
ENGL 1005: College Writing with a grade of "C" or better. ENGL 1300 will not substitute
for ENGL 1010.
- Reading comprehension test must show competency of 80 or above or students must complete ENGL 0890: Critical
Reading with a grade of "B-" or better.
- Optional: Complete courses required for admission with a grade of "C" or better – DENT 1000: Introduction to Dental Health Careers
- GPA – A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college courses taken.
- All the above requirements must be completed satisfactorily BEFORE submission of performance-based
Health Sciences application and do not guarantee acceptance to the program. Students
declining acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit a performance-based
Health Sciences application for the program and meet the current admission requirements
for the application period in which they reapply. Once accepted into the Dental Assisting
Program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Dental Health
- Health Sciences application – Submit a completed performance-based Health Sciences application including a preadmission
degree evaluation. Deadlines are listed on form.
- BCI – Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification
from Enrollment Services. Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better is required to proceed in the program.
- General education courses in the dental assisting curriculum may be taken prior to
the semester recommended. All courses must be completed by the recommended semester.
- Program faculty reserve the right to dismiss any student from the program or to refuse
reinstatement based on academic, clinical or professional performance.
- ENGL 1300 may not be substituted for ENGL 1010.
- BIOL 1070 must be completed prior to the second semester
RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
- First semester: BIOL 1070; ENGL 1010; DAST 1010, 1020, 1030, 1225; DENT 2010, 2225
- Second semester: COMM 1100; DAST 1040, 1050, 1060; PSYC 1030
||Introduction to Dental Health Careers
Total OPTIONAL Credits 2
General Education Requirements
||Human Anatomy and Physiology
||Must be taken prior to admission to the program or during the first semester of the
||Psychology of Personal Adjustment
Total General Education Requirements Credits 12
Total Major Requirements Credits 24
Total Certificate Credits 36
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Most students in the Dental Assisting certificate program attend classes full time.
Therefore, the time to complete this certificate would be three semesters (or 18 months).
For more information about the number of CCRI graduates in this program and other
important gainful employment information, please visit www.ccri.edu/acadaffairs/gainful-employment/hrs/dental/dental-assist-cert.html.