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Dental Health and Dental Assisting - School of Health, Math and Sciences

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Health
Certificate (CERT) in Dental Assisting
DANB Test Preparation (1- College credit/ 12 DANB CDE)

New at SFCC - EFDA: You can take courses to become an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary and get certified to work under the direct supervision of a New Mexico dentist and be an active part of patient treatment. Plus, as an EFDA, you're eligible for a higher salary! Learn more about the job of the Expanded Function Dental Auxilliary and its requirements.

About the Programs:

The certificate program is designed to get you to work quickly after just 10 months of concentrated study. The associate in applied science program will enhance your employment opportunities by opening the door to dental office management or teaching. Applicants for the AAS in Dental Health program must complete the Dental Core requirements from an ADA accredited Dental Assisting certificate program. They may complete the General Core Requirements either before or during the Dental Core requirements.

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The dental assisting program offered by Santa Fe Community College was initiated in 2002. SFCC's dental assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Career Opportunities:

  • Chair-side dental assistant
  • Dental office manager
  • Representative for Dental insurance companies
  • Dental research project assistant
  • Independent consultant for dental office management
  • Instructor in Dental assisting program
  • Dental laboratory assistant
  • Maxillo-facial assistant in hospitals
  • Implant Coordinator
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Dental Department Information and Application

Estimated Tuition Costs

Important Note:

The dental curriculum follows a block system; courses are arranged in clusters and must be taken as co-requisites by dental assisting certificate cohort.

Application submission - Applications will be accepted now through April 15, 2014, or when the class is full. Qualified applicants are registered based on a point grading system and a face-to-face interview, and in the case of a tie, first come, first served. Registration will close when the quota of 18 students is met. After the deadline, please contact the office about availability.

Items to be submitted with the application packet:

  1. Copy of unofficial transcript or
  2. Copy of Accuplacer scores for English and math (where applicable).
  3. Copy of current CPR-BLS certification (front and back).
  4. Copy of current vaccination record or declination form and completed Health History Form.

Students are selected through a committee review (Dental Director, Faculty, Staff).

Letters of acceptance are mailed/e-mailed to the applicants after acceptance in the program

International Applicants: Please follow the International student application procedure. /enrollment/international_students/applications. For degree/ credits equivalency, please contact AACRAO- American Association of Collegiate, Registrars and Admissions Officers;


For more information, please contact the Dental Department, 505-428-1258,

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