The dental assisting certificate program is a one and a half year, full time program. The program is open to 12-15 students per cohort cycle. Required courses are conducted in the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. Students must meet the regular UNM-Taos admissions criteria and must adhere to all UNM-Taos academic policies. Students are selected for the dental assistant program based on personal interview, application, shadowing recommendation, and high school or previous college records.


The Certificate in Dental Assisting will prepare the students to be part of the dental team and with skills necessary to prepare the patient for treatment, sterilizing instruments, passing instruments during the procedures using a four-handed technique, holding suction devices, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions, fabricating provisional crowns, etc.

Through strong educational preparation, the student will come out of the programĀ ready to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification exam upon completion of the program. Then the Dental Assistant may assume responsibilities that are within his/her abilities, scope of practice, and are recognized by the state practice act.

For more information, contact:

Ramona Gallegos

HCDA 101: Intro to Dental Assisting (3)

HCDA 110 : Dental Ethics/Professionalism (3)

HCDA 120 : Pre-Clinical DA I (4)

HCDA 125: Pre-Clinical DA II (3)

HCDA 130: Dental Radiology I (3)

HCDA 135: UNM Clinical DA (2)

HCDA 140: Dental Education (3)

HCDA 145: Clinical DA I (3)

HCDA 155: Clinical DA I

HCDA 164: Seminar in DA (3)

HCDA 230: Dental Radiology II ( 4)

HCDA 235: DANB Preparation (2)


Students should consult with an advisor prior to enrollment.

UNM-Taos reserves the right to make necessary changes to the program as needed.