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Dental Assisting Certificate

The Dental Assisting Certificate program is granted by Metropolitan Community College, but coordinated at JCCC.

One of the most exciting features of a dental assistant career is the variety of work experiences you'll have, including working chair-side with dentists, taking radiographs, mixing dental materials, performing laboratory procedures, taking dental impressions, creating models, and fabricating bleaching trays and mouth guards. The demand for dental assistants and other professionals that dentists rely on to serve patients has increased dramatically.

The dental assistant program has accreditation from the American Dental Association (ADA), Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduating from an ADA-accredited dental assisting program allows you to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination without the two years of full-time work experience that would otherwise be required.

JCCC offers the cooperative dental assisting certificate program for Johnson County residents with MCC-Penn Valley Community College. You must be accepted as a student at JCCC and accepted into the program at MCC-Penn Valley Community College. Consult with a JCCC counselor for more information.

Program courses and credit hours are subject to change because of requirement changes at the certificate-granting institution. Contact MCC-Penn Valley Community College at 816-604-4237 for an application packet, which includes deadlines, program prerequisites and admission requirements. Visit

Note: Johnson County Community College students should seek specific counsel from the MCC program personnel for the appropriate course plan and numbers.

Johnson County Community College students should refer to Cooperative Program Information.

Certificate granted by Metropolitan Community College

Specific Program Requirements-must be taken at JCCC

ENGL 121Composition I*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SPD 121Public Speaking3

Specific Program Requirements-must be taken at MCC-Penn Valley

COLL 100First Year Seminar1
DENA 100Introduction to Dental Assisting1
DENA 101Body Structure and Function2
DENA 102Head and Neck Anatomy2
DENA 103Dental Anatomy2
DENA 104Dental Emergencies and Pharmacology1
DENA 105Dental Materials I2
DENA 108Oral Microbiology and Infection Control2
DENA 110Chairside Assisting I5
DENA 115Dental Radiology I4
DENA 125Clinical Experience I2
DENA 205Dental Materials II3
DENA 210Chairside Assisting II5
DENA 215Dental Radiology II2
DENA 225Dental Office Management2
DENA 230Oral Pathology1
DENA 250Clinical Experience II4
DENA 260Dental Assisting Seminar 2

Total Program Hours: 52