Dental Assisting

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)



The Elements of a Successful Career Path: 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.

About the Program: The dental assisting program is a 10-month, full time program that begins every fall semester. Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the program is offered at the Forest Park campus and provides students with a comprehensive education based on the latest procedures and technologies. Students develop competence in performing a variety of dental assisting procedures through extensive classroom, lab and clinical instruction. Hands-on clinical experience in general and specialty dental practices and clinics is provided throughout the length of the program. Expanded Functions Dental Assisting is offered to students. Eventually students are able to demonstrate their proficiency through education/certification that is unique to Missouri.

Salary Information: 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 2 in 5 dental assistants work on a part-time basis.

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

Certification: 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, our five education centers, and online.

Requirements and Prerequisites (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 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.


Opportunities in the Field: Dental assistants are able to work in a wide range of industries including the standard dental practice, physician’s offices and outpatient care centers and clinics. Dental assistants also work within businesses including insurance companies, federal and state government entities and on college and university campuses. Dental assistants may also continue their education to obtain an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. All Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (EFDA) must obtain a permit from the Missouri Board of Dentistry in the state of Missouri.

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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, our five education centers, and online. For more information, contact:

Deborah Munson, Assistant Professor, Program Director
Phone: 314-644-9902


Dental Assisting (CP) 40 Credits

Program Total: 40 credits
Fall Semester
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
DA:143 Chairside Assisting: Operative Dentistry 2
DA:144 Preclinical Practice 1
DA:149 Dental Terminology 1
DA:150 Infection Control in Dentistry 1
DA:151 Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting 2
DA:157 Dental Radiology 2
DA:159 Dental Office Procedures 1
DA:161 Dental Assisting Practicum 2
DA:162 Dental Systems Management 1
DA:164 Clinical Applications I 2
DA:165 Dental Materials 1
Spring Semester
COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
DA:166 Dental Lab Procedures 1
DA:167 Dental Radiology II 1
DA:168 Integrated Dental Sciences 2
DA:169 Preventive Dental Health 2
DA:172 Dental Practice Management 1
DA:173 Chairside Assisting: Dental Specialties 2
DA:174 Clinical Applications II 2
DA:175 Dental Assisting Practicum II 2
DA:201 Expanded Functions I 1
DA:202 Expanded Functions II 1
DA:203 Expanded Functions III 1
DA:176 Dental Assisting Practicum III 2


American Dental Association is the professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement.

Dental Assisting National Board promotes the public good by providing credentialing services to the dental community.



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, our five education centers, and online.


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