The Dental Assisting Program trains students to aid dentists and dental hygienists with day-to-day tasks. Dental assistants’ duties vary based on their employers’ needs but typically include organizing tools, preparing patients and office management tasks. The Dental Assisting (A.A.S) degree requires the same program courses as the Certificate but includes general education requirements to give students well-rounded credentials. This program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. Once admitted, students choose one of two tracks: Traditional or Hybrid. The Hybrid Track provides a significant portion of the learning activities online. Students will attend laboratory classes on campus and at outside clinical sites. To view application details, visit otc.edu/alliedhealth. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Successful completion of this exam makes the student a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.