Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to assist dentists in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team, performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures. Coursework includes general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures. Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.  

Perry Health Sciences Admissions
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All applicants must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the NC Residency Determination Interview.  
    A residency determination will be provided within 3 business days of completion. For more information regarding residency, visit:

  • Complete the Wake Tech Community College Application for Admission.  

  • Provide official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) of ALL previous education, including high school or GED scores and college transcripts if applicable. Applications will not be processed until ALL transcripts have been received. Applicants can send a Request for High School or Prior College Transcript form to schools they have attended and have their transcripts sent directly to Wake Tech. Faxed or opened transcripts are not official and will not be accepted. High school transcripts must be complete and must show the date of graduation.

  • Attend a MANDATORY Information Session for Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Applicants are NOT eligible to take any classes (pre-curriculum, general education, or clinical) until they have attended the session. Spaces are limited for each admissions cycle; reserve your seat as soon as possible.

  • Take the ACCUPLACER placement test. Schedule and prepare for the test at the Testing Center website. Students who meet certain requirements may be exempt from testing. Note: College-level math classes and math test scores must have been completed with the past 5 years.

  • Apply for Financial Aid and Veterans benefits. Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all supporting documents to make sure their request can be processed in time for the start of the semester. Be sure to include the Wake Tech school code: 004844.

  • Acceptance into DEN classes is based on a competitive process. Admission to DEN clinical classes is for the fall semester only.

  • Submit a separate application (Form 1563) for the Dental Assisting diploma program (clinical). All requirements above must have been met or the application will not be reviewed. Note: A new Dental Assisting application must be submitted for every deadline.

  • Once admitted into the Dental Assisting classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.