What will I learn?

The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Dental Assisting prepares students to perform a variety of skills including but not limited to exposing x-rays, assisting the dentist in a broad scope of dental procedures, perform laboratory and office management functions, coronal polishing and other expanded duties, and educating patients. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

The Dental Assisting program aims to provide marketable skills in clinical, radiographic and laboratory procedures. Dental assistants perform a broad scope of dental procedures and administrative functions under the supervision of dentists and dental hygienists.

Dental assistants may perform the following services:

Operate and maintain dental equipment;
Expose and prepare dental x-rays;
Administer periodontal dressings;
Apply topical anesthetics and sealants;
Take tooth impressions;
Assist in patient care and instruction;
Schedule patients and maintain dental records;

The work may include laboratory and clinical procedures, office duties, patient intake and education. Dental assistants may work in private or group dental practices, general dentistry or dental specialties such as orthodontics, periodontics, children's dentistry and other specialties. The work schedule can be full-time or part-time, providing flexibility in working hours.

Career and Employment Outlook:

The employment outlook is excellent, and is expected to continue growing. In Arizona, there is a severe shortage of qualified dental assistants. Opportunities exist in general dentistry or dental specialties, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, children’s dentistry and other specialties.

Preventive dentistry has reduced the incidence of oral disease. As a result, the growing older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. Dentists will need to employ more dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.

Which department am I in?

Department of Dental

Study options

Full Time (60 credits)

Tuition fees
US$8,010.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Department of Dental

Healthcare Education 3144 North Seventh Avenue,



85013, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required.

For international students

PC's open admission policy means that anyone can attend Phoenix College who:

Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency

Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)

Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college

as a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.

TOEFL - A minimum score on the Internet Base test (IBT) - 61, or Paper Base test (PBT) - 500

IELTS - A minimum score of 5.5

Application Deadlines are July 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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