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Bldg B, Room B110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7385
Fax: 847-608-5458
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.

Dental Assisting

ECC prepares students for an active role in their choice of dental assisting specialty through classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Highly trained dental professionals teach and supervise all on and off campus activities.

A clinical dental assistant works chairside, anticipating the needs of a dentist in intra-oral procedures like general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthetic, endodontic, orthodontic and pediatric dentistry. They also instruct patients concerning proper techniques of preventive dentistry. Students who graduate with the clinical certificate may take an examination to become a certified dental assistant (CDA). While it is not required for employment, certification is a special recognition for a high level of professional competence.

Dental assisting certificates in dental office aide and preclinical dental assisting lead to working credentials in only 16 weeks and offer built-in career ladders to the longer-term clinical dental assisting certificate.

Application & Admission Procedures

Dental Assisting

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or drug test will be denied admission. Students demonstrating a positive background check or drug test while enrolled in the program will be dismissed from this health professions program. Information on these requirements is given to students upon acceptance to the program.

All candidates seeking admission to this program must submit the following items to the ECC Records Department:

  1. Completed ECC application - how to apply»
  2. Complete and submit health professions application and fee payment.
  3. Official high school transcript or GED certificate
  4. Official college transcripts
  5. Score in the 12th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam


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