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Dental Assisting Expanded Functions

AACC is pleased to offer an accelerated program for dental assistants interested in becoming certified to perform additional dental and orthodontic assisting duties.

Certificate code: CE.DENTAL-EXP-FNCN

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. Students prepare to perform expanded functions in a dental and orthodontic office including applying topical anesthetic, preparing and cementing temporary crowns, taking impressions for orthodontics, placing and removing bands and brackets, and infection control. Total Hours: 77

What courses will I take?
OPA 326 - Expanded Functions: General Chairside
OPA 327 - Expanded Functions: Orthodontics

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 Students will also be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Maryland General Dental Assisting Expanded Functions and Maryland Orthodontic Assisting Expanded Functions examinations.

What will it cost?
$689.00 per class for Anne Arundel County residents including tuition and fees.

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or have passed the GED exam, possess a current DANB Radiation Health and Safety certification and have at least 150 hours of work experience as a dental assistant.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax,  or mail. Use certificate code CE.DENTAL-EXP-FNCN. 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

For more information contact Pam Polgreen at 410-777-2925 or .