Dental Assistant CC

Health Sciences Department | C.C. Certificate of Completion | One year

Earn a Dental Assistant certificate at Clackamas Community College and prepare for an exciting health care career in an in-demand role.


  • Dental Assistant Application Submittal Update

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the college remaining closed indefinitely, the Allied Health Admissions Team has implemented the following plan for submittal of 2021-2022 applications:

    Applicants should mail in their completed application packets postmarked no later than 5 p.m. June 4, 2021, to ATTN: Allied Health Admissions, CCC Harmony Campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

    A complete application is defined as one that contains the application with all supporting or required documents and officially sealed transcripts. Transcripts are not to be submitted electronically and CCC transcripts are not required, but enter CCC in the "Previous Colleges Attended" section on the application.

    Application Deadline Extended: Monday, July 19, 2021


  • Applications must be mailed

    Due to COVID-19 and the campus buildings remaining closed, all application packets must be mailed. No drop off location is available. Please plan accordingly.

Dental assistants are essential team members in the dental office. Working closely with the dentist, hygienist and administrative staff, dental assistants use their skills to deliver quality oral health care to diverse patient populations and to increase the efficiency of the office. Our dental lab is fully equipped to offer a valuable hands-on experience that prepares our students for real-world dental office technology, such as digital dental radiology.

This is a limited entry program. Contact Health Sciences at for more information.

Dental Assistant CC

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Description and Outcomes

Dental Assistant Core Requirements

Complete the following Core Requirements
  • DA-101
  • Dental Radiology I
  • 2
  • DA-101L
  • Dental Radiology I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-102
  • Dental Radiology II
  • 2
  • DA-102L
  • Dental Radiology II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-104
  • Clinical Procedures I
  • 2
  • DA-104L
  • Clinical Procedures I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-105
  • Clinical Procedures II
  • 2
  • DA-105L
  • Clinical Procedures II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-106
  • Clinical Procedures III
  • 2
  • DA-106L
  • Clinical Procedures III Lab
  • 1
  • DA-107
  • Dental Materials I
  • 2
  • DA-107L
  • Dental Materials I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-108
  • Dental Materials II
  • 2
  • DA-108L
  • Dental Materials II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-110
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • 1
  • DA-115
  • Dental Science
  • 2
  • DA-120
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • 5
  • DA-125
  • Dental Infection Control
  • 2
  • DA-130
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • 8
  • DA-135
  • Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies
  • 2
  • DA-145
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • 2

Computation Related Instruction

Complete MTH-050 or MTH-065
  • MTH-050
  • Technical Mathematics I
  • 4
  • MTH-065
  • Algebra II
  • 4

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-101 or WR-121
  • WR-101
  • Communication Skills: Occupational Writing
  • 3
  • WR-121
  • English Composition
  • 4

Human Relations Related Instruction

Complete PSY-101
  • PSY-101
  • Human Relations
  • 3

Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core curriculum is intended to be completed over three consecutive terms.
Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider (provider level CPR) and First Aid (AHA Heartsaver) certification are required during practicums. All DA students will be required to complete a criminal history background, provide proof of immunization, and students will be asked to take a drug test as arranged by the department.
Dental lab schedules (am/pm) are based on lottery. Information will be provided at orientation.
Note: Students must achieve a C or higher grade in all required courses prior to advancing to the next term.
Total Credits Required: 53-54

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