Become a Dental Assistant or Expand Your Current Skills
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, Certificate
Registered dental hygienists or dental assistants can climb the career ladder by completing this program, which provides the necessary education to broaden the scope of practice. View Expanded Functions Dental Assisting in the College Catalog | Gainful Employment Disclosure
Basic Application Process - Health Professions
- Complete and submit an Application for Admission to
- Download the Dental Assisting Application Checklist or the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Application Checklist for details on additional requirements.
- Complete and submit a Health Professions Programs Application
- Submit official transcript from all secondary schools attended, graduate equivalency degree (GED) programs and any other formal educational program beyond high school.
- Application Deadline: January 12 prior to fall start
- Acceptance Notification: Mid-March
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.