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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

dental assistant training program at aacc

Need tuition assistance? This program is VA approved. Learn more about this opportunity as well as scholarships and payment plans at our financial aid web pages. 

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. 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

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?
$1,119 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition, fees and DANB test fee. OCA 348 - Dental Assisting and Radiology now qualifies for our new deferred payment plan. ***There is an additional $5.00 fee for Out of County residents. 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.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, or mail. Use certificate code CE.DENTAL-RADIOLOGY. Visit for details.

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 contact Pam Polgreen at 410-777-2925 or