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).

The college also offers a non-credit 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 program is offered by the Dental Hygiene Department.

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Career Opportunities

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Job growth in this field is expected to be much higher than average over the next decade.
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The median salary for a dental assistant according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017) is $36,880.

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

Take Note

  • This program is only offered in an online format.
  • Student instruction includes 27 credit hours of online coursework and 225 hours of hands-on clinical experience through a formal clinical internship.
    90 clinical hours will be required at the clinical site for the fall semester as well as 135 clinical hours in the spring semester.
  • Successful program graduates 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.
  • 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 States.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Judy DiLorenzo
DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 157
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.