Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

About the Program

The Dental Assisting Program of the Houston Community College is a one-year (12-month) program, in which the student learns the skills necessary to become a Dental Assistant in both classrooms and onsite labs.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes



Application of four-handed dentistry concepts.


Systematically collect diagnostic patient data.


Manage infection and hazard control protocol consistent with published professional guidelines.


Perform dental office business procedures.

Dental Assistant Information Session

Learn more about the Dental Assistant Program by completing an online information session.
The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.

Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.

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Program Information

A Career in Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants work under the supervision of a licensed dentist and assist in the care and treatment of dental patients. They perform a variety of important functions in the dental office. As a vital member of the dental health team, the dental assistant prepares the patient for treatment, provides the dentist with necessary instruments, instructs patients in proper oral hygiene, records dental services, and performs various laboratory procedures and managerial duties for the office.

Employment may be sought as a chairside assistant, receptionist, and office manager to the general or specialty dentist in private offices, clinics, and institutions. The average starting salary for an HCCS Dental Assisting graduate ranges between $10 and $14 hourly.


Essential Functions

All individuals who apply for admission to the Dental Assisting Program must beable to perform essential functions included in this document either with or without accommodations. These essential functions are congruent with theTexas State Board ofDental Examiners, the Dental Assisting National Board and the Commission on Dental Accreditation expectations of any individual seeking Certification or Registration as a Dental Assistant.

Click here to download and review the Essential Functions for the Dental Assisting program.


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Dental Assisting program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

There is no national standardization for dental assistants when moving from one state to another, due to different requirements for dental assistants in every state.

To locate this information, access resources such as The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB.) DANB’s State-Specific Information page, which is a compilation of state-specific dental assisting information. You will be able to find out which DANB exams are recognized in any given state, the requirements to perform specific dental assisting functions there, contact information for the state dental board, and more. DANB’s website also lists the dental assistant titles recognized in each state.

Please note, every attempt is made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date; however, some information is subject to change.

If you have any questions or encounter problems contacting the appropriate licensing board, please contact the Program Director at (713) 718-7351


2019–2020 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by academic calendar year (Sept. 1–Aug. 31). Results for the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 academic years are provided for comparison.

Program/ Aligned Award

Agency Standard

HCC Standard


Pass Rate

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Pass Rate

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2019–2020 Results

Dental Assisting C1



100% (11)

100% (11)

100% (8)

Exceeds Expectation




There are 6,685 Dental Assistants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 10.8% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 370 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $16.10 hourly, $33,000 annually


Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Dental Assisting/Assistant



Texas State Board of Dental Examiners




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