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Dental Assisting

Available at the Hastings Campus. Some courses are available online.
  • DentalAssisting

    Dental assistants work closely with dentists as they examine, diagnose and treat patients. They perform a variety of duties in the treatment rooms, laboratories and business areas of a dental office. Responsibilities include preparing patients for treatment, preparing dental materials, obtaining radiographic images, performing laboratory procedures and providing individual dental health care instruction.

    The CCC Dental Assisting program is offered at the Hastings Campus. Graduates of the one-year diploma in Dental Assisting meet requirements for practice in Nebraska, including taking x-rays and performing coronal polishing. Graduates meet all requirements for the practice of dental assisting in the state of Nebraska and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

    By completing additional course work, students can develop the advanced skills needed to assume additional business office responsibilities in a dental practice and earn an associate of applied science degree. These courses are offered at CCC’s campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings as well as many off-campus sites.

    Dental Assisting Student Handbook

    Accreditation - The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

    Gainful Employment Information

    • At 2017-18 tuition and fee rates, completing the 61 credits required for the Dental Assisting degree costs:

      Nebraska residents - $6,100
      Non-residents - $8,784

      These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

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    • Finish in 2 years by completing 15-16 credits a semester for 4 semesters

      The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

      Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

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