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Dental assistant with patient

Dental Assistants earn an average of $17.76 per hour and the number of job opportunities in the field is expected to grow 19% through 2026 due to the continued demand for preventative dental services.  The numbers don’t lie; there’s a need for qualified dental assistants certified in radiology in Maryland and across the nation.

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 will it cost?

Total program cost for Anne Arundel County residents is $1,647. The cost includes instruction, textbooks and lab supplies, the DANB test fee, and the courses below. Click on the course ID to see the schedule of classes.
OCA-348 Dental Assisting and Radiology
OPA-334 Career Development for Dental Assisting

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 

What are the requirements?

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Eighth-grade reading level or higher as measured by the TABE assessment given at the information session.
  • Meeting with a Transition Coordinator.
  • A desire and willingness to work in the dental field upon completion.

How do I enroll?

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