Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology

Our Dental Assistant Program

Program Highlights

  • Provide high quality patient care as an important part of the operatory team in a modern dental environment.
  • Perform a wide range of dental office operations including x-rays, chair side assistance, instrument transfer, and preparation of teeth impressions.
  • Work alongside a dental professional to ensure patients receive outstanding treatment.

Career Focus

  • Prepared for dental assistant examination and advanced training.

Program Length

The dental assistant program is two years in length. Students also have the opportunity to obtain two of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certifications, as well as a certificate from the American Red Cross in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Second year students qualify for the Infection Control Exam upon successful completions of the Microbiology/Infection Control/Hazardous Waste Management curriculum.

Second year students qualify for the Radiation Health and Safety Exam upon successful completion of the Radiology Curriculum.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Gold - HOSA Dental Assistant State Competition 2016
  • Gold - HOSA Career Display State Competition 2016
  • Silver - HOSA Dental Assistant State Competition 2016
  • Bronze - HOSA Dental Assistant State Competition 2016
  • 2015 10th Place Dental Science Contest National Winner
  • 2015 6th Place Career Display Contest National Winner
  • Gold - HOSA Dental Assistant State Competition 2015
  • Gold - HOSA Outstanding Chapter Competition 2015
  • Gold - HOSA Dental Assistant State Competition 2014
  • Gold - HOSA Outstanding Chapter Competition 2014
  • 2nd Place - State HOSA Dental Assistant Examination Qualifier
  • Gold - HOSA Outstanding Chapter Competition 2013

Related Career Pathways

  • dental clinic
    Dental Assistant
  • Office Management Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Dental Hygenist
  • Pre-Dental
  • Chairside Dental Assistant
  • Dental Coding and Billing Assistant
  • Dental Office Receptionist
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Insurance Claims
  • Dentist
  • Endodontist
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Orthodontist