Dental Assistant

This program prepares students to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health & Safety Examination.

Mark Your Calendars: Our next Dental Assistant Training course begins in March! See the schedule of classes for more information.

Required Assessment Testing for this program is available online.

Please email for more information.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2018 median salary for Dental Assistants in Maryland was $42,080. Employment is expected to grow 19% from 2016-2026, faster than the national average.

Dental Assistant Program Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED
  • Reading (NGR) and Math (NGA) Assessments, available at the Test Center; college-level courses and SAT/ACT scores (500+) may be used in place of the NGR and NGA
  • Healthcare Provider BLS CPR certification through the American Heart Association (AHA); prior to externship
  • Health Assessment, including immunization record; prior to externship
  • Scrubs provided, but must purchase HCC patch at the College Store

Career Courses:

  • Dental Assistant Training* (88 hours)
  • Dental Assistant Externship (40 hours)
    (The Clinical Coordinator arranges start date and placement with each student. Evening and weekend hours not available. It may take up to 3 months for students to be placed at an externship site. Students have 6 months to participate in an externship upon successful completion of Dental Assistant Training.)

Approximate cost of the program: $3,263, plus required textbook.

Noncredit Registration


All textbooks for noncredit classes are available at the College Store located in the Student Center.

*First class on campus in Darlington Hall. All other classes meet at Dental One, 3435 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, Ste. E, Abingdon, MD 21009 (Directions)


Contact Information

For more information, please call 443-412-2172 or email

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