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Dental Assisting

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the mandate to stay at home, students should not get immunizations at the present time nor should they contact the Student Health Center for immunization verifications right now.  Student should check the websites periodically for future notice/updates on immunizations.

dental assisting students

24 Students Selected Each Year

25 Average Number of Applicants Each Year

Over 90% Placement Rate

High Employer Satisfaction

Program Overview

  • 31-credit undergraduate certificate program and 60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Annual, competitive selection process for full-major program
  • Full-time enrollment on the UAA Anchorage campus required for one academic  year.
  • Students complete labs and clinicals in on-campus dental clinic and professional dental offices.

What is Dental Assisting?

The duties of the dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs a wide range of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.  Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. 


Message from the Director

The UAA Dental Assisting Program provides an exciting opportunity to those interested in the dental profession. Our program is a great option for individuals looking for a rewarding lifelong career or for those seeking an entry-level option while working toward another dental or health profession. The students in this program walk away with the skills necessary to perform tasks as a dental assistant, but also the skills to operate as a professional within the industry. While in the program students will work closely with local dentists and assistants, they will practice interview skills, charting skills and more. Moreover, our graduates are highly marketable because they have taken the necessary steps to educate themselves through a CODA -accredited program.  

-Stephanie Olson, CDA, MS

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