Dental Assistant Certificate at UNH

Dental Assistant

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is scheduled as a face-to-face classroom training during the Fall 2020 semester, but may be moved online due to future recommendations for distance learning due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Any updates will be posted on this page and all enrolled students will be notified by email of any anticipated curtailments.

100 Hour Program | 60 Hour Classroom | 40 Hour Clinical Externship (Optional)

Class Dates for Portsmouth Location: September 14 - November 9, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2021. 

The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics:  

  • Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting

  • Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines

  • Introductory oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment

  • Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth

  • The oral cavity and related structures

  • Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas

Course Information:

  • 100 hour program includes 60 hours of classroom course contact and 40 hours of clinical externship.
  • $1,599 tuition fee includes all textbooks and materials.

Education & Certification Information:

  • Dental assistants and aides should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.

  • Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) – Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, and the DANB – Infection Control Exam (ICE).

  • In many states, DANB-RHS certification is required to work in dental radiography.

  • In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.

  • National and state examination fees are not including in program tuition.

Program offered in collaboration with Condensed Curriculum International

Questions? Contact Zainab Qari at zainab.qari@unh.edu

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What You Will Learn


Dental Assistant

Detailed Course Topics Covered Will Include:

  • The dental assisting profession & history of dentistry
  • Dental anatomy and physiology
  • Tooth charting, tooth surfaces, and classification of restorations on a tooth
  • Parts of the jaw and areas of the mouth
  • Oral health and preventions of dental disease
  • Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
  • Patient information and assessment
  • Foundation of clinical dentistry
  • Dental radiology
  • Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture, and full denture
  • Dental equipment, accessories & treatment room
  • Dental hand pieces and accessories
  • Dental cements and impression materials
  • Coding of radiology services & using ICD-10-CM codes
  • Assisting in comprehensive dental care
  • Dental administration and communication skills

Travel & Site Information


Dental Assistant

All classroom sessions will be held at UNH Professional Development & Training at 231 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth, NH.

Enrolled students will receive location and parking information in advance of the program via email.

Tools & Materials


Dental Assistant

Classroom and lab materials, including textbooks, are included in the cost of program enrollment.

Additional costs may apply to portions of externship participation.