The Dental Assisting Program at Wake Technical Community College is accredited by the American Dental Association and therefore a graduate is classified as a DA II by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The student is eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Exam in order to be classified as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). As a Dental Assistant II (DAII), defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates can perform identified expanded functions including coronal polishing.
Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory or pre-clinical, and clinical experiences provide the students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry and clinical procedures. The students receive their hands-on patient care clinical experience with rotations at the Adams UNC School of Dentistry, East Carolina School of Dental Medicine, the Wake County Human Services Dental Clinic, Wake Smiles, Wake Tech's Dental Hygiene Department and private general and specialty dental practices in Wake and surrounding counties.