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Dental Assisting and Radiology

A dental assistant performs duties such as preparing instruments and materials required to treat patients; obtaining and updating patients’ dental records, working with the dentist during dental procedures and instructing patients on postoperative and general oral health care. A dental assistant may prepare materials for impressions and restorations and process dental X-rays.

Certificate code: CE.DENTAL-RADIOLOGY

Interested students must attend an information session before they can register
Click here to use the EventBrite link to register for an information session.

 Monday, March 20, 10am-12pm Florestanto 208

Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-7:30pm CALT 130

Saturday, April 1, 10am-12pm CALT 107

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7:30pm CALT 107

Saturday, April 15, 10am-12pm CALT 107

dental assistant training program at aacc

What is the job outlook? 
Demand for dental assistants is expected to grow 36 percent through 2018, one of the fastest growing occupations. The average annual salary of dental assistants in Maryland is $34,000.

What is the training?
Training consists of a single noncredit course that is typically held each term, along with a career development course to get students ready for employment. Students learn the basic skills necessary to work as an entry-level dental assistant. Students will review dental anatomy, terminology, restorative materials, infection control and chair-side techniques. The course also prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board’s Radiology Certification Examination and is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Total Hours: 90

What courses will I take?
OCA-348 - Dental Assisting and Radiology
OPA-334 - Career Development for Dental Assisting

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion, students earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at

What will it cost?
$1,209 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition, fees and DANB test fee for OCA 348. $100 for Anne Arundel County residents for OPA 334. Please contact the AACC Bookstore for information on textbook. Visit for more information.

What are the requirements?
Students must have a high school diploma or have passed the GED exam. English as a Second Language students must earn a composite score of 310 or better on the level of English Proficiency exam, or successfully complete Capstone Level ESL coursework. Students must score into an 8th grade reading level as measured by the TABE assessment given at orientation; meet with a transitions coordinator, and demonstrate a desire and willingness to work in the dental field upon completion.

How do I enroll?
Attend a mandatory information session.

Related Studies
AACC also offers noncredit courses in the following areas:
OCA-349 - Dental Radiology
OCA-333 - Dental Assisting Radiology Safety Update
OCA-389 - Expanded Functions: Chairside and Orthodontics   
OPA 326 - Expanded Functions: Chairside
OPA 327 - Expanded Functions Orthodontics

For more information please contact:
Pam Polgreen at 410-777-2925 or,
Shannon Jones at 410-777-7195 or, or
Kim Bellerive Bosworth at 410-777-7239 or