Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Special admission requirements apply. Interested individuals must contact an advisor in the Dental Assisting Department to review procedures and requirements for admission.

  • Complete a dental assisting application form and mail to:

UAA Dental Assisting Program
Allied Health Sciences Building, Room 148
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8371

  • Complete UAA-approved English and mathematics placement tests. Contact Testing Center at (907) 786-4500 for testing times. If test scores are low, additional coursework will be recommended to help the applicant achieve the goal of completing the Dental Assisting program.
  • Two letters of recommendation sent to the dental assisting program (on the required forms) are mandatory. Preferably these letters should come from former or current employers or instructors.

The information listed above must be in the applicant’s file before they will be considered for admission in the program in the fall semester of the year applying.

Applicants with complete files 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, applicants will be advised to take courses to improve reading comprehension levels; proof of successful course completion must be provided prior to acceptance into the program.

Expenses beyond tuition include activity fees, uniforms, lab fees, student organization membership, immunizations, cost of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class, Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB) fees, and student health insurance.

Immunizations and CPR certification are required prior to clinical participation and must be current throughout the program. Students must be free of tooth decay and active periodontal disease.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

DA A101Essentials of Dentistry3
DA A102Infection Control in Dentistry3
DA A110Dental Radiography3
DA A110LDental Radiography Laboratory1
DA A127Dental Office Administration3
DA A130Chairside Techniques I4
DA A150Biomedical and Dental Sciences for Dental Assistants3
DA A160Materials in Dentistry3
DA A195AClinical Practicum I1
DA A201Chairside Techniques II4
DA A202Dental Specialties for Dental Auxiliaries3
DA A295AClinical Practicum II3
Biology Courses4
Introductory Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Nutrition Courses3
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition for Health Sciences
Psychology Courses3
Introduction to Psychology
Lifespan Development
Human Relations
Recommended courses include:
Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software
Medical Terminology
General Education Requirements (GERs) for Baccalaureate Degrees

A total of 60 credits is required for the degree. 

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science in Dental Assisting are eligible to sit for the Certified Dental Assistant national certification examination from the Dental Assisting National Board​.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to be competent in the dental assisting field.
  • Demonstrate professional standards according to OSHA, ADA, OSAP, ADAA and radiation health and safety standards.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in a dental office setting.
  • Demonstrate general knowledge in the fields of biology, communications and nutrition.