Dental Assisting

One-Year Certificate

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Dental Assisting Students in a LabThis one year certificate program is to prepare you for employment in the dental setting. Emphasis is placed on current concepts of clinical chair-side assisting.

It's Accredited!

The UCC Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation - CODA.

View / download document explaining more about CODA.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Dental Assisting program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.


The Dental Assisting one-year certificate program is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in the dental profession. The program prepares you for licensing exams and for obtaining your Oregon Dental Radiology license (RHS exam), Basic Examination with Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA). These exams prepare the dental assistant for a lifelong career in the dental profession.

A dental assistant may serve as a clinical chair-side assistant, receptionist, bookkeeper, office manager, or laboratory technician.

Catalog Info

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Advising Guide

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Program Information and Prerequisites

This program has limited enrollment and an admission process. A physical, drug screening, background history check, and a Health Occupations CPR Card are required for admission to the program.

Program admission occurs once a year in fall term. The application process begins in February of each calendar year. Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the Dental Assisting program after completing the required prerequisite courses listed below.

Teacher helping Dental Assisting student with lab workRequired Prerequisite Courses

Course # Course name Credits
MTH 60 Introduction to Algebra (or higher) 4
PSY 101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 4
WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 4

Drug Screening

All dental students must successfully pass a drug screening test at the time of admission into the Dental Program and are subject to random drug screening throughout the program. Failure to submit to a random drug screen or having a positive drug screen will result in sanctions per the UCC Student Code of Conduct (721.3). The cost is not covered by the student fees.

Background Check

All accepted dental assisting students are required to undergo a background history check prior to entering the program. Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Information pertaining to background history checks and disqualifying crimes can be found online through The Department of Human Services (DHS) website. The program is required to deny admission or continuation in the Dental Assisting program to any student whose background poses a threat to an individual, the college, or the dental profession, or the community.

High School Students

Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.

Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA

If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.

Money for College

Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.

Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Tamara Loosli - Contact
Associate Professor, Dental Assisting
Phone: 541-440-4710

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