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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

When to Apply

The Dental Assistant program will now run from Summer term through Spring term, this is a change from the past.

Cohort second application open date:
March 24, 2017

Cohort second application close date:
April 15, 2017
Interviews will be starting mid-March, for the first application group, the sooner you submit your application, the better!  If we do not have enough qualified applicants, we may elect to open the application process again.
Interviews for the second application group will begin the end of April.

Term start date: 
July 10, 2017

Mandatory Information Sessions

Dental Assistant Information Sessions are required to gain access to the program application.
Information Sessions as follows:

April 4, 2017 - 11-12:30 am
April 4, 2017 - 6-7:30 pm
Riverside Campus, A-building, Room A-21

Maps of RCC campuses

Please contact Carmen Mons, 541-245-7750, if you have any questions.

All classes are held on the Medford RCC campus.

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant is the person 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 that 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 a RCC student fill out an online admission application from the options.

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.

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 into the SOHOPE grant.

This program is 48-53 credits at $99 per credit for Oregon residents for a range of $4752-$5247 (not including prerequisites and fees).  Go here for more detailed tuition rate information.  Due to the rapidly changing nature of health care and associated costs, the following are only estimates.

Books $988 per year
Fees, materials and board exams $5159 per year
Certified Background Check $55 per year
Immunization Review* $20 per year
*Any update on immunizations will be an additional cost.


Are you currently working in the dental field and want to enhance your skills?

As a currently working dental assistant you can prepare for Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) exams including Radiology and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).  The RCC Dental Assistant program will allow current Dental Assistants with at least 6 months of current employment to attend classes without formal admittance into the program.  As a Workforce student taking courses rather than being fully admitted into the DA program, you will enhance your education and dental knowledge, but you will not earn college credit or be eligible for financial aid assistance.  For more information call 541-245-7750 or e-mail:

Additional Questions Contact:
Carmen Mons BSDH, RDH, EPP
Training Services Coordinator
Dental Assistant Program
(541) 245-7750 or