Dental Assisting (Certificate)

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The college offers two Dental Assisting programs in an online format - the Dental Assisting certificate program for those who are new to the profession and the Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP) for those who are currently working in the field who have more than 3,500 hours of work experience and CPR certification.

This one-year online Dental Assisting certificate program prepares those who are new to the profession to perform a variety of tasks in dental offices, including sterilization of instruments, setting up dental materials and performing office duties.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation and satisfies all requirements set by New York State to become a Licensed Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

According to NYS Office of the Professions, a dental assistant must be licensed in order to perform supportive services under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. Upon receiving Hudson Valley Community College Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion, the graduate may apply for the New York State Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA) Examination, Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) Exam and Infection Control Exam (ICE). These exams are administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a New York State Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Graduates may apply for licensure after completing all of the above requirements; there is an additional fee for the examination and licensure process.

Students must have ready access to a computer with an internet connection and be self-motivated, organized and possess strong time management skills.

This program is offered by the Dental Hygiene Department.

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Program Highlights

Student instruction includes 27 credit hours of coursework offered in an online format and 225 hours of hands-on clinical experience through a formal clinical internship. Note: 90 clinical hours will be required at the clinical site for the fall semester as well as 135 clinical hours in the spring semester.

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Online Program can be completed by attending online.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

This program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a Dental Assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), job growth in this field should be much higher than average over the next decade, with 31 percent growth from 2010 to 2020.

Recent employers have included: Aspen Dental; Center for Disability Services; Countryside Dental; and the orthodontic offices of Decker, Sbuttoni, Lawless and Bhogosian.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Dental Assistant, $35,980.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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Steps to Enroll Online

Please note that this is a fall-entry only program, and there are limited seats available.

Apply online using the college's WIReD system at

After you complete the application process, you will receive a confirmation letter. All accepted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session where academic advising will take place.

Online degree advisors are Judith DiLorenzo ( and Gabriele Hamm (

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Judy DiLorenzo
Department Chair
Dental Hygiene Department
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 157
(518) 629-7442

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309

* In order to obtain a New York state license to practice dental hygiene, you must be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United State.