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 care to diverse patient populations and to increase efficiency in the office.

Dental assistants work chairside with the dentist, in the business office and in the dental laboratory. Duties may include:

  • Instrument and operatory infection control
  • Preparation of instrument trays
  • Instructing patients on proper oral hygiene and post-treatment care
  • Maintenance of dental practice records and supplies
  • Exposing and processing of dental radiographs if the assistant is certified to do so
  • Scheduling appointments

Students will have the opportunity to obtain the following certificates by passing the following and meeting required Radiological Proficiency (RHS) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) exams: Radiological Proficiency (RHS), Infection Control Exam (ICE) and Oregon Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).


Dental Professions Summer Camp for High School Students

Dental Professions Summer Camp for High School Students

Camp information

Dental Assistant CC Program Information

Dental Assistant CC

Program Structure
Oregon Health Authority rules for students in clinical training
Program Costs
Description and Outcomes

Academic Requirements

Dental Assistant Requirements

Prerequisite requirements for program
Essential functions

Dental Assistant Application Process

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Answer all of the questions on the application including the essays (see pages three and four of the advising guide and below for more details) and submit the application form. You will type your responses for the two essay questions directly into the application. See the scoring rubric below for more details.

The application deadline for fall term is July 1, 2023.

Students who successfully gain admission to the program will be notified by July 20, 2023 and invited to attend an in-person orientation on the Harmony Campus scheduled to take place August 7, 2023.

Dental Assistant Essay Questions

Dental Assistant Essay Questions

Application Essay Questions and Scoring Rubrics

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