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Dental Assisting


Dental Assisting

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Offered through Health Sciences

@ Forest Park

This program prepares you to work as members of the dental health care team. you will receive a broad background in all aspects of dentistry through extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Major emphasis is placed on gaining proficiency in chairside assisting procedures and expanded functions. You will learn to prepare patients and records for treatment, sterilize and prepare instrument trays, take X-rays and impressions and prepare restorative materials for dental procedures. A versatile workday is typical in any dental assistant’s career. Dental assistants work with dentists during all types of treatment procedures and perform a wide range of oral processes under a dentist’s supervision. Chairside duties are routine, but dental assistants also assume many daily office functions that help to keep the practice running smoothly. Students interested in this career should possess an ability to work with people of all ages in very close quarters, have good manual dexterity and enjoy a high degree of detail work. If you are seeking a variety of duties and thrive with a wide-range of people in an office setting, then this is the career for you. A career path as a dental assistant will give you the flexibility you need to steer your future to the next level.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.


Program graduates will take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). This is a dental assistant certification recognized nationwide.

The Dental Assisting program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, five education centers and online.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a dental assistant is $37,890 or $18.22 hourly. Individual salaries vary by the geographic location, the extent of the dental assistant’s education, experience and the type and size of the dental practice. While most dental assistants work full-time, almost two in five dental assistants work on a part-time basis.


The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Strict accreditation requirements assure a comprehensive education that is based on the latest procedures and techniques.

Please visit the tuition and fees page for the most current information. Additional fees apply to some courses. Fees are subject to change.

Tuition / Fees:


District Residents

Other Missouri Residents

Out-of-State Residents

Per Credit Hour

$122/credit hour

$171/credit hour

$233/credit hour

Total Tuition
(45 credit hrs)

$5,490.00 $7,695.00 $10,485.00
Other Fees * $2,751.00 $2,751.00 $2,751.00
Total Cost of Program $8,241.00 $10,446.00 $13,236.00
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* Other Estimated Costs:

Books & Proficiency Packets $676.00
Uniforms (lab jackets, scrubs, shoes, glasses-loupe) $825.00
Immunizations (Hepatitis B; TB Test) [clinic pricing] $100.00
Lab Fees $125.00
Student Kit $475.00
CPR Certification $50.00
ADAA Student Membership $50.00
DANB Certification Exam $450.00
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Must be satisfied prior to entry into the program

  • High school diploma or GED with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Students must be academically prepared to enroll in ENG:101 and COM:101.
    Prior to registration, students must complete a physical exam, drug test and criminal background check at student expense. For background check, please visit castlebranch.com. If there are any questions or concerns, contact 1-888-914-7279.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours observation time observing a practicing dental assistant at a minimum of two different offices (three preferred). Observation time must be documented on office practice letterhead. Observation time must be completed prior to application.
  • It is recommended that students complete BIO:111 prior to enrollment in this program.

Dental Assisting Program Requirements Checklist

Deborah Bush-Munson, Program Director

Hadeel Sharhan, Full-time Faculty

Ambeer Dunn, Adjunct Faculty

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Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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