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Dental Assistant

When to Apply:

Applications for summer term start on Monday, October 15th.

Applications are due Thursday, November 15th.

Summer Cohort begins: TBA


Mandatory Information Session

Watch the video below to learn more about our programs, courses and the application process. At the end of the video, you will receive the code required to complete your application.

Complete list of required courses for each program

List of permanently or potentially disqualifying crimes

Additional Information Sessions:

This link to schedule is for the SOHOPE/AHO Information Sessions. Neither will fulfill the requirement of the mandatory session for application to the Medical Assistant program, only the above mandatory program Information Sessions will.

All classes are held on the Medford RCC campus.


What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant is the one who greets the patient as they go into the dental office for treatment.  Often being the person who helps the patient who is a little afraid, become more comfortable.  They work closely with the Dentist to provide quality care for the patient.  A dental assistant can work independently with an Expanded Functions certificate (from the Dental Assistant National Board).  A dental assistant is a vital team member that helps the flow of the entire office go smoothly.  A dental assistant whom graduates from RCC and successfully passes the five Nation Board exams will be prepared to enter the workforce with the skills the dentist is requiring for a great career.


Why become a Dental Assistant?

This is a field that has been projected to expand by 18% by 2024, which means that job opportunities will become increasingly more abundant in the upcoming years.  Dental assistants enjoy exciting, varied assignments, steady work schedules, respect, and prestige. With the right credentials, you can:

  • Work for a private dental practice.
  • Work at a dental clinic, performing a variety of services.
  • Work for a federal, state, or local government agency.

A career as a Dental Assistant offers great hours and benefits, and with RCC’s one-year certificate program you can get into the workforce quickly.  Dental Assistants reap the benefits of a flexible schedule and gratifying career.


How to Apply

To become an RCC student fill out an online admission application from the options.

  • Schedule a placement test.
  • If you have transcripts from another college, have your official transcripts sent to Rogue Central Services, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527. Once you have confirmed that your transcripts have arrived at RCC, submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request.  Once the evaluation is complete you will be notified as to how transfer coursework may be applied to the career services emblemDental Assistant Certificate requirements.
  • Review the Dental Assistant Graduation Guide.
  • View the mandatory Information Session above.
  • Complete prerequisites to the program.
  • Watch the short observation video of the program you intend to apply for. After watching this, write a short reflection essay (approx. 200-300  words to be included in your application).
  • Write a short personal statement of what led you to apply for one of our programs. Also, if you have previous healthcare experience, you can write a short statement describing that experience (approx. 200-300 words to be included in your application).
  • Apply to the Dental Assistant Program by submitting an Application. Click here for tips for a successful application.

Contact Career Services to help you prepare for the AHO program interview.

This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted. There will be a waitlist established for those not accepted into the cohort immediately in case new clinical space is open or students decline their seats in the cohort. Any application received after the application deadline will be waitlisted.

Get your immunization records and submit your transcripts as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program. Oregon Health Authority [OHA] mandates current immunizations, American Heart Association, Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid card; a urine drug screen and a criminal history as a condition of clinical attendance for all health careers students who have direct patient contact during their program practicum (for more information please see OHA's Student Information Sheet).

Students who have not completed the above requirements will be withdrawn from the program. It is your responsibility to watch your email and  the Medical Assistant website prior to and after acceptance into the program to check for updated requirements. All communication will be via the email you used to apply to RCC.


How much will it cost?

This program is Financial Aid eligible and earns a State approved Certificate. Other financial support may be available for individuals that qualify. Funding for the Dental Assistant program is available for students awarded the SOHOPE grant.

This program is 48-53 credits at $107 per credit for Oregon residents (not including prerequisites and fees).  Follow the link for more detailed tuition rate information.


Additional Questions Contact:
Carmen Mons BSDH, RDH, EPP, MEd
Allied Health Occupations
541-245-7750
cmons@roguecc.edu or dental@roguecc.edu