Dental Assisting

Open Orientation/Information Sessions

Special Admission Requirements

New part-time Dental Program

Career Description

Dental assistants work at chair side while dentists examine and treat patients. Dental assistants make patients comfortable in the chair, prepare them for treatment, obtain dental records, and hand the dentist the proper instruments. Assistants also sterilize and disinfect instruments, prepare dental tray setups, and instruct patients in post-operative and general health care. In addition, dental assistants prepare impressions and restorative materials, expose radiographs and process dental x-ray film.

Program Information

The Dental Assisting Program provides the student with the specific skills that qualify graduates for a career in dental assisting. The program prepares the student to take the state radiology examination. It also allows the student to qualify for national certification and state registration without a two-year work experience requirement. State registration permits the dental assistant to perform expanded intraoral procedures as outlined by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. Students who have completed the dental assisting certificate program are eligible to continue their studies at the College and earn an associate in applied science degree.

This program can be taken on a full time or part-time basis. Classes in the full time program are offered during the day. The part-time program is offered in the evening. Please note that Supervised Clinical Experience in the affiliate offices is offered only during the day in the last semester for both programs.

For more information, email Roxane Terranova, the program coordinator at

Continuing Education

The Dental Department also offers continuing education courses in dental radiology, expanded functions and certification preparation. These courses are open to working dental assistants.


The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and has been grantedthe status of Approval without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-2719 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611.

The Dental Assisting radiology course is accredited by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

Special Admission Requirements

  1. High school diploma or equivalent
  2. Application to Camden County College
  3. Biology*course with lab (high school) – Grade “C” or better or
  4. Chemistry*course with lab (high school) – Grade “C” or better
  5. Minimum GPA 2.5
  6. Placement into college level English course based on the results of the College Placement Test (or other approved test)
  7. Interview with Dental Assisting Coordinator
  8. Moral character statement
  9. A physical examination, various immunizations will be required prior to the beginning of classes. The department has an extensive exposure control/infectious disease policy, which is available upon request.
  10. College transfer applicants must have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. It is strongly recommended that the applicant take as many core courses as possible included in the dental assisting curriculum prior to applying.

Since many courses in the Dental Assisting curriculum incorporate computer activities, it is required that the student have Internet access and a basic understanding of computer usage and Internet navigation.

Students are required to have transportation to all clinical sites for the Supervised Clinical Experience course.

Admission to the Dental Assisting Program is on a competitive basis and completion of all prerequisites and core curriculum courses does not guarantee admission to the program. Since there are more applicants than there are positions, admission will be based according to the applicant’s documented record. Criteria for selection are based on past performance, including grades in high school biology and chemistry; grade point average or SAT scores; and grades in core curriculum requirements. Heavy emphasis will be placed on science courses. Preference will be given to students who have completed their core curriculum requirements at Camden County College.

Send transcripts to:

Camden County College
Office of Records and Registration
P.O. Box 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012

You may apply online by going to: Click on “Online Admissions” at the bottom of the page. Put in your user name and password.

This is the general College application. There is not an application specific to the Dental Assisting Program. When the application asks you to list the degree or certificate program that you intend to pursue at Camden County College, fill in the following information:

Program Code: DAS.CT - Program Name:Dental Assisting Certificate Program


Program Code: DAS.AAS Program Name: Dental Assisting Associates Degree in Applied Science

*If the candidate is not accepted, but wishes to be considered for the following year, he/she must reapply by contacting the Office of Records and Registration. THERE IS NO WAITING LIST.

*Camden County College offers two high school equivalency courses, The Microbial World for Biology and Preparation of Chemistry, which would satisfy our program prerequisites.

*It is recommended that students complete English Composition I (ENG-101) and Basic Psychology (PSY-101) prior to applying for admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

** The College Placement Test is required of all students. Under the open admissions policy, all students who apply to Camden County College are accepted; however, admission into selective programs may be limited by specific criteria and clinic space availability. Students are admitted into the Dental Assisting Program on a first qualified, first admitted basis.