Dental Assisting Programs at Westmoreland County Community College

 

Become a Dental Assistant or Expand Your Current Skills

Dental Assisting students with instructor

Westmoreland's Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The commission is a special accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Dental Assisting, Diploma

Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking X-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

Graduates are radiology certified in Pennsylvania and are employed in general or specialty dental practices, hospitals and educational settings.

The program includes clinical experience in all phases of dentistry while rotating through departments at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and private dental offices. View Dental Assisting in the College Catalog | Gainful Employment Disclosure

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting, AAS and Certificate

Registered dental hygienists or dental assistants can climb the career ladder by completing these programs. Learn more about the EFDA programs

Basic Application Process - Health Professions

Dental Assisting - Frequently Asked Questions

Once accepted into Westmoreland’s Dental Assisting program, students will complete the program in three semesters or one year. The start time is always the Fall semester which begins in August. There is only one class accepted each year.

Once accepted to the Dental Assisting program students must complete it in the recommended sequence which is for three semesters. If the general education classes are completed before starting the program, your course load would be lighter, but you would still need to complete all three semesters.

No. A student must have all pre-admission courses (biology and chemistry) and any required developmental courses completed by the application deadline date of January 5, in order to be considered for the program.

Yes. The Dental Assisting courses are offered in a sequence; therefore making the program the full three semesters. However, completing general education courses that the program requires will lighten a student’s course load.
Students with Dental Assisting courses from other institutions will need to speak with the Director of Dental Assisting to see if they are transferable.
No. Once a student has been accepted to the program these requirements will be explained to the accepted students at the orientation meeting held by the Director of the Dental Assisting Program. Students are informed of this meeting in their acceptance letter.
If a student is not able to complete the program, they may reapply the following year to be accepted again into the program.
All three semesters the classes are scheduled Monday thru Thursdays. There are not any evening or Saturday courses.
Due to the class schedule in the Dental Assisting programs, students may work during the program, but need to be flexible to accommodate the demands of the program and still have enough time left to complete course assignments and the necessary study time.