Dental Assisting Program Costs

All costs are estimates and subject to change. Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.

Tuition (Fall, Spring and Summer - 48 credit hours)
Student Activity Fee
Campus Access Fee
$85/semester (Fall and Spring)
$25 for Summer term
Computer Technology Fee
$48/semester (Fall and Spring)
$21 for Summer term
Professional liability insurance (mandatory)
Barrier gown, uniforms (3), safety glasses (2), name tags (2), warm-up jacket and utility gloves (package)
Black clinic shoes
American Dental Assistants Association
student membership (one year)
Physical exam, hepatitis B vaccination series/titer,
flu shot**
CPR course for health care providers
(Wake Tech course fee)
Student dental kit and typodont
CastleBranch portal access
Adams UNC School of Dentistry
criminal background check
SIMTICS software
Spring semester clinical rotations***
Summer term clinical rotations***
Graduation regalia
Dental Assisting National Board Certification
(Certified Dental Assistant credential)

*There is no charge for textbooks for the Fall 2023 semester under Wake Tech's Free Book Fall promotion. If a student opts out of that program, the cost will be higher than this estimate.

**The cost of an examination and immunizations will vary, depending on providers and a student's health insurance coverage.

***Travel expenses for clinical rotations in the Spring semester and Summer term will vary based on the distance a student will have to travel to a clinical site and the miles/gallon of the student's vehicle.
Spring semester rotations are at UNC Adams School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill and the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine in Greenville. Summer term rotations are at private practices in Wake and surrounding counties.
Gas estimates are based on 60 miles to the destination in Spring and 30 miles in Summer, 30 miles per gallon and gas costing $4 per gallon. Total estimates also include $12 per day to park at UNC-Chapel Hill, although students can purchase a $2 daily pass at the Friday Center.