Dental Assisting Certificate

Certificate In Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting Certificate Program is a two-year half-time course of study. Class enrollment is limited. Students must meet the regular UNM admissions criteria and are selected for the Dental Assistant Program based upon personal interview, pre-admission test scores, and high school or previous college records. The Dental Assistant may comfort an anxious patient, bill insurance companies, and assist the dentist in providing treatment to patients. Through strong educational preparation, the Dental Assistant may assume responsibilities that are within his/her abilities and are recognized by the state practice act.

Core Requirements

37 credit hours
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 101 Introduction to Dental Assisting (4)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 120 Pre-Clinical I (4)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 125 Clinical dental Assisting I  (4)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 135 UNM Clinical (2)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 240 Preventive Dentistry (3)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 145 Clinical I  (3)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 155 Clinical II  (4)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 165 Seminar Dental Assisting  (3)
Health Careers Dental Assistant (HCDA) 230 Radiology (3) 
Health Careers Health Science (HCHS)  111T Medical Terminology (3)
Health Careers Health Science (HCHS)  114T Concept of Disease Transmission (4)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 36