Certificate and Degree Information
Students seeking an Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting may choose to complete major requirements and general degree requirements prior to or after completion of the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate program. Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate is subject to a departmental selection process.
Full information about our certificate and degree program and student learning outcomes, please review the UAA Catalog.
- Prerequisite Requirements
Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate Program is subject to a departmental selection process.
In order to be eligible for application into the Dental Assisting (DA) courses themselves, students must meet minimal placement requirements as follows:
- Placement into WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (previously ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition) based on valid ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores or completion of WRT A110 (previously PRPE A108 Introduction to College Writing) or higher.
- Placement into MATH A054 Pre-Algebra or higher based on ALEKS or Accuplacer scores.
Learn more about How and When to Apply to the Dental Assisting program.
- Undergraduate Certificate Requirements
The dental assisting certificate program is a comprehensive program consisting of lecture, hands-on training in clinical procedures and laboratory sessions. Full-time students will complete 13 credits in the fall semester, 14 credits in the spring semester and 4 credits in the summer. The application deadline is typically in May; the program starts the last week in August, in coordination with all other University of Alaska Anchorage fall courses, and ends approximately June 30.
Most of the dental assisting classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm; however, there are some required evening and weekend hours. The class schedule changes on a yearly basis to accommodate scheduling anomalies and adjunct faculty. Most of the classes will be held in the dental programs suite in the Allied Health Science Building.
Fall Semester (13 credits) Spring Semester (14 credits) Summer Semester (4 credits)
DA A101 Essentials of Dentistry (2 credits)
DA A102 Infection Control in Dentistry (3 credits)
DA A103 Dental Auxiliary Professions (1 credit)
DA A109 Radiographic Imaging for Dental Assistants (2 credits) or DA A110 Dental Radiography (3 credits)
DA A110L Dental Radiography Lab (1 credit)
DA A130 Chairside Techniques I (3 credits)
DA A195A Clinical Practicum I (1 credit)
DA A127 Dental Office Administration (1 credit)
DA A150 Biomedical and Dental Sciences for Dental Assistants (2 credits)
DA A160 Materials in Dentistry (3 credits)
DA A195A Clinical Practicum I (1 credit)
DA A201 Chairside Techniques II (4 credits)
DA A202 Dental Specialties (2 credits)
DA A295A Clinical Practicum II (1 credit)
DA A295A Clinical Practicum II (4 credits)
- General Degree Requirements
Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Course Requirements (15 credits). Completion of Biology and Psychology Courses fulfill the requirement of 6 credits of mathematics, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.
- WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (previously ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition) (3 credits)
- COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or COMM A235 Small Group Communication or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication or COMM A241 Public Speaking (3 credits)
- WRTG A212 Writing for the Professions or WRTG A213, A211, or A214 (previously ENGL prefex) (3 credits)
- Major Requirements
Students seeking an Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting may choose to complete major requirements and general degree requirements prior to or after completion of the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate program
- Complete the required courses for the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate (34 credits) as listed above.
- Complete one of the following Biology courses (4 credits)
- BIOL A111/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I with laboratory (4) OR
- BIOL A102 Introduction to Biology AND BIOL A103 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
- Complete one of the following nutrition courses (3 credits)
- CA A119 Principles of Nutrition (3 credits) or
- DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3 credits)
- Complete one of the following psychology courses (3 credits)
- PSY A111 General Psychology (3) or
- PSY A150 Lifespan Development (3) or
- PSY/HUMS A153 Human Relations (3)
- Complete seven (7) credits of electives (any course 100-level or above). Recommended
- GIUD A150 College Success Skills
- CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software (3)
- MA A101 Medical Terminology I (3)
- Any General Education Requirements (GER) for Baccalaureate Degree
A total of 34 credits is required for the Undergraduate Certificate and 60 credits is required for the Associate's degree.