Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant | Expanded Functions


Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team.

If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting could be for you. Students in the Dental Assistant program will learn dental terminology, disease transmission, disinfection and sterilization, dental anatomy, dental records and charting, instrumentation, impressions and castings, radiation health and safety, insurance and billing and front desk responsibilities. and you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to. This course also provides x-ray training that qualifies you to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Examination. You'll learn 

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant certificate upon successful completion of the

Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health & Safety Examination


No. of Classes Required:



Expanded Functions

Maryland Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties upon successful completion of exam.



In-classroom; onsite clinical


Contact Information:

Dawn Reimer


Program Cost:

Dental Assistant

Approximatly $3,200, plus required textbook


Dental Assistant Expanded Functions

Approximate cost of the program: $1,115

plus textbooks



Dental Assistant 

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


Dental Assistant Expanded Functions

Presently employed as a dental assistant and employer willing to supervise clinical experience*

At least 6 months experience working as a dental assistant

Knowledge of basic oral anatomy and physiology; basic infection control; basic dental terminology

Radiation certification advised, but not required

*Signed letter of recommendation from employer, typed on facility letterhead, indicating current employment, verifying a minimum of 6-months of compensated experience as a dental assistant, and willingness to supervise clinical experience. An affiliation agreement will be needed between the college and dental facility.


Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Training (88 hours)

Dental Assistant Externship (20 hours): Students have 6 months to participate in an externship upon successful completion of Dental Assistant Training.


Dental Assistant Expanded Functions

Oral Radiography Training 

Before obtaining your certification you must complete an Application for Certification as a Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties.



What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?

Dental Assistant

Upon completion of this program, you'll be prepared to work in a dental office as an entry-level dental assistant, receptionist, front office assistant, or back office assistant. After six months as a Dental Assistant you may pursue a Maryland Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties certification.


Dental Assistant Expanded Functions

This designation qualifies you to work as a Dental Assistant who is able to perform oral radiography.



According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, in 2019 the average salary for Dental Assistants in Maryland was $42,160* per year. Employment is expected to grow 7% from 2019-2029, faster than the national average.


* Completion of these programs does not guarantee this salary.


Who Teaches This Program?

The Dental Assistant program is taught by experienced industry professionals at

Dental One, 3435 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, Suite E, Abingdon, MD  21009