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Dental assistant with patient

Dental Assistants earn a median hourly rate of approximately of $19.84 per hour, and the number of job opportunities in the field is expected to grow 18 percent through 2027. With continued demand for preventative dental services, there‚Äôs a strong need for qualified dental assistants certified in radiology in Maryland and across the nation.

Source: Emsi 2018.4

Learn more about upcoming mandatory Dental Assisting information sessions.


AACC can help you prepare for a fulfilling career as an entry-level dental assistant. We offer classes at various times to suit your busy schedule. Our program includes:

  • 90 hours of instruction in Dental Assisting and Radiology.
  • 15 hours of instruction in career development topics such as resume writing and mock interviewing.
  • Access to open lab to practice the hands on skills that are critical to the success of any dental assistant.
  • 20-hour externship for those students that qualify.
  • Exam preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiology and Health and Safety (RHS) exam.
  • Services of the Transition Coordinators to assist you with studying, time management and career development.
  • Certificate of Completion from AACC.
  • Job placement assistance.

What courses will I take?

Dental Assisting and Radiology are offered as a package of three courses, providing you with the skills to get and keep a job as a dental assistant. Registration in all classes is required.

OPA-347 Dental Assisting and Radiology - Lab

OPA-348 Dental Assisting and Radiology - Lecture

OPA-349 Career Development for Dental Assistants

What will it cost?

The total program cost for Anne Arundel County residents is $1,795. This cost includes instruction, textbooks and lab supplies, the DANB test fee.

What are the requirements?

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Ninth-grade reading level or higher as measured by the TABE assessment given at the information session.
  • English as a Second Language students must earn a composite score of 310 or better on the Level of English proficiency exam or successful completion of Capstone Level ESL coursework.
  • Meeting with a Transition Coordinator.
  • A desire and willingness to work in the dental field upon completion.

Advance Training in Dental Assisting

Students must have the DANB Radiology and Safety Certification to enroll in the advanced dental assisting classes

OPA-326 Expanded Functions: General Chairside

How do I enroll?

Interested students must first attend a mandatory Dental Assisting Information Session.
Register for an upcoming Dental Assisting Information Session.