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Dentist and dental assistant with patient

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:

  • 96 hours of instruction in dental assisting and radiology
  • 15 hours of instruction in career development topics such as résumé writing and mock interviewing
  • Access to an open lab to practice hands-on skills critical to the success of any dental assistant
  • A 20-hour externship to students who qualify
  • Exam preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiology and Health and Safety (RHS) exam
  • Services of success coaches to help with studying, time management and career development
  • Certificate of Completion from AACC
  • Job placement assistance

What courses will I take?

The Dental Assisting and Radiology program is 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 $2,410, which includes instruction, lab supplies and the DANB test fee.

Students must purchase these required textbooks:

Title: "Dental Radiography"
ISBN: 9780323297424

Title: "Essentials of Dental Assisting"
ISBN: 9780323430906

What are the requirements?

  • High school diploma or GED
  • A desire and willingness to work in the dental field upon completion

How do I enroll?

Interested students must attend a Dental Assisting Information Session. Email Shannon Jones at srjones10@aacc.edu.

Advanced 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