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Clinical Dental Assisting



The Rio Salado College Clinical Dental Assisting Program is no longer accepting new applicants and will be discontinued effective Summer, 2019.

Current students who have successfully completed any courses within this program, and are still interested in completing this program, please contact the Faculty Chair Holly Harper at 480-517-8288 or regarding a program completion plan. In addition, if you are receiving financial aid at Rio Salado College, please be sure to check in with the Financial Aid office regarding changes made to current program of study.

New students who are interested in pursuing a Dental Assisting Program are encouraged to contact a Rio Salado College advisor to explore other options available at Rio Salado, or at other Maricopa County Community Colleges.

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Clinical Dental Assisting 

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You can become a dental assistant in approximately 12 months (including a 300 hour internship with a licensed dentist in Arizona) depending on your commitment to the program. Rio Salado's program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). This award-winning distance learning program was developed in partnership with the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA), the only one of its kind in the state.  

Launch Your Career

Upon graduation from our dental assisting program, you’ll become an integral part of a dental team with dentists relying on you to help them deliver quality oral healthcare. Your coursework will cover dental anatomy, X-ray imaging and the clinical skills you need to start a great career in the healthcare field. Courses are supplemented by comprehensive video instruction and feature unique distance lab kits mailed right to your home.


300 hour clinical experience in an approved dental office in Arizona. 

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