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Application Procedure


Admission into the UAA Dental Assisting Program is a two-part process:

  • First, apply to the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  • Second, apply to the Dental Assisting Program through the department application process as described below.

The Dental Assisting Program accepts 24 students each year into its full-major program. Students will be selected throughout the year for an August start when they have met admissions requirements.

Departmental Application Requirements

1.  Apply for Admission to the University. Students must have applied to the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Students are encouraged to declare a Dental Assisting Major (either Undergraduate Certificate or Associate of Applied Science).  However, department applications are accepted from any student at UAA.

2. Meet Placement Requirements.  Must show proof of:

  • Placement into WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (previously ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition) based on valid ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores or completion of WRTG A110 (previously PRPE A108 Introduction to College Writing) or higher.

  • Note: Part time students must place into WRTG 110.  See a Dental Assisting Advisor for more information.
3.  Provide contact information for two (2) professional references.  Applicants will be required to submit names and contact information (phone number and email) for two professional references.  References should be someone in a supervisory capacity, such as an employer, teacher, or supervisor from a volunteer position.  Applicants will provide reference name, relationship to applicant, and contact information in the online application.

4.  Complete required application essay.  All applicants are required to submit a essay as part of the application  process.  Essays will be submitted in a text box in the application. Applicants are encouraged to draft essays in a word processing program and copy and paste the text into the web application. 

  • Application Essay Requirements

    In no more than 250 words (per essay question), please address the all of the following: 

    • What are your greatest academic challenges (in school)? 
    • How do you manage stress and feeling overwhelmed? 
    • How well do you work with people who are culturally diverse and with groups that compose of a wide variety of ages? 
  • Formatting Requirements

    Essays must address all questions/topics listed.  Applicants should be prepared to submit essay in the text boxes provided on the web application.


5.  Complete a Dental Assisting Web Application.  


6.  Appear for interview via Zoom.  Upon review of the initial application, a select number of applicants will be invited for interview. 

Selection Criteria

Applicants with a complete file are selected for admission based upon their test scores, grades in high school and college, ability to complete the application process, and dental assisting experience. If test results are low and classes are recommended to improve reading comprehension levels, applicants will be advised and proof of successful course completion must be provided prior to acceptance into the program.

Upon Acceptance

Expenses beyond tuition include but are not limited to: activity fees, uniforms, lab fees, student organization membership, immunizations, cost of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, certification fees, and student health insurance.

Immunizations and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification are required prior to clinical participation. Adult, infant and child CPR and AED certification and immunizations must be current throughout the program. Students must be free of tooth decay and active periodontal disease.


It is the policy of the UAA Dental Assisting Program to protect the privacy and confidentiality of any faculty member, student, or staff member who has tested positive for an infectious disease. Dental personnel who pose a risk of transmitting an infectious disease must consult with appropriate health care professionals to determine whether continuing to provide professional services represents a risk to patients. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, all students will: (1) be immunized against the hepatitis B virus prior to their clinical training; (2) demonstrate proof of immunity to Hepatitis B.  Students are required to be immunized against hepatitis B as well as other infectious diseases such as mumps, measles, and rubella. UAA Dental Assisting does not discriminate on the basis of infectious disease.