Option #1: Dental Assistant Associate of Applied Sciences Degree Program.
64 credits – 2 year delivery - Required sequencing is as follows:

First Year

Fall Semester  Spring Semester
DA 1200: Dental Communications 3 cr DA 1250: Dental Science II  3 cr
DA 1210: Dental Science I  3 cr DA 1255: Dental Materials 4 cr
DA 1215: Dental Practice Management 2 cr *BIOL 1110: Human Biology  4 cr
*English 1117   4 cr *COMM 1114 or 1130   
*PSYC 1611 or PSYC 2618  3 or 4 cr    
Total  15 or 16 cr Total  14 cr

Summer Semester - General Education courses not complete.
Note: All 1st year general education courses must be complete prior to the 2nd year of the program (English, PSYC, Biology & Communication). The Humanities requirement could be completed in the 1st year or Fall semester of the 2nd year.

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
DA 1220: Chairside Assisting I  6 cr DA 1260: Chairside Assisting II 4 cr DA 1270: Expanded Functions II    1 cr
DA 1225: Dental Infection Control 2 cr DA 1265: Expanded Functions I  7 cr DA 1280: Dental Assisting Internship 7 cr
DA 1230: Preventive Dentistry   2 cr DS 1300: Dental Radiology   3 cr    
*Humanities 3 cr        
Total  13 cr Total  14 cr Total 8 cr

Pre-Admission Criteria for Options #1:

  • Diploma from high school/GED.  (Applicants in their senior year of high school may be given provisional acceptance into the Dental Assistant Program if they are on track to graduate and meet Pre-Admission criteria #2-4. Final acceptance into the Dental Assistant Program will be awarded upon submission of proof of high school graduation).  
  • Earned a “2.5” GPA or better from high school or college.
  • Earned a “C” letter grade or better in high school Biology or college Biology (BIOL 1101 or its transfer equivalent).
  • Apply to RCTC and declare Dental Assisting as your major.
    Complete the following two (2) applications and return them to RCTC Admissions and Records:  
    • RCTC General Application: 
    • Dental Assistant Program Application (after September 1st):   

Students must place into College level Reading and English on the ASAP Placement test (or its equivalent).


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