IMPORTANT: Students are required to submit an online application and schedule an appointment with a Dental Assisting Program faculty member for academic advisement.
The Dental Assisting Program is a Fall-entry only program with limited enrollment.
The mission of the program is to provide for and support competency-based learning for a multicultural community. As one of eleven accredited Dental Assisting Programs in Texas, the program is committed to excellence in helping to meet the diverse needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. The program seeks to provide each student with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to become a functional dental team member and meet the requirements of the national examining entity.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of San Antonio College, students desiring admission into Dental Assisting program courses must submit all of the following for Fall admission:
- A complete Dental Assisting Program online application website.
- Written proof of an advisement appointment with a member of the program faculty.
- An application for formal admission to San Antonio College.
- Proof of meeting the program’s entry-level competencies which are completion of MATH 0300, ENGL 0301, and READ 0303 with a grade of “C” or better. This can be accomplished by scoring appropriately on the THEA test or taking and passing the courses.
Students entering the Dental Assisting Program will receive notification from the program office by mail and must attend the orientation meeting in the Summer prior to enrollment in classes.
New Dental Assisting students must submit the following by the deadline: a completed program health assessment policy packet which includes: Healthcare Provider Cardial Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); a completed updated immunization record including hepatitis B series; PPD/TB; TD; MMR; IPV; DPT, Bacterial Meningitis and Varicella a current dental examination with interproximal radiographs and a dental prophylaxis.
Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course required in the AAS Degree or Certificate in Dental Assisting curricula.
APPROVED Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Site for the Registered Dental Assistant Course (RDA), Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate, Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate and Coronal Polishing Certificate.
Upon being awarded a degree or certificate, the graduate is eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board certification (DANB) exam. If the examination is passed, the graduate will become a certified dental assistant (CDA).
For more information about this degree, contact the Dental Assisting Program at (210) 486-1502.
NOTE: Should a student withdraw, fail, or drop, for whatever reason, he/she is readmitted on a space available basis.
Related Degrees and Certificates:
Dental Assisting, Level I Certificate
Communications in Dental Assisting, Enhanced Skills Certificate
Associate of Applied Science Degree Plan
Degree Requirements (Total Credit Hours 60)