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Dental Assisting Degree Programs in Texas with Course Summaries

Texas colleges offer a number of Dental Assisting degree programs. Tarrant County College and Houston Community College both offer dental assisting certificates and dental hygiene associate of applied science degrees.

Dental Assisting Degree Programs in Texas

Dental assistants are a key part of a dentist's team. They provide assistance to the dentist during procedures, handle appointments and paperwork, interact with patients and perform dental cleanings. There are a wide number of schools in Texas that offer dental assistant training, here we show two options in the largest metropolitan areas.

  • Located in downtown Houston, Houston Community College offers both a dental assistant certificate program and an associate degree in dental hygiene.
  • Tarrant County College's campus is located in downtown Ft. Worth, serving the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. It also offers certificate and associate degree programs.

Comparison of Schools

Compare factors like tuition rates, enrollment figures, acceptance rates and more for the two profiled schools. This table allows for easy comparison of facts and stats that might influence your choice on where to attend.

Houston Community College Tarrant County College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 52,957*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state* $1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 65%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A Open Admissions* N/A Open Admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 65% for full-time students* 64% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2014) 18%* 20%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College's Dental Assisting Programs

The Coleman College for Health Science is a part of Houston Community College in Texas, and offers multiple options for students looking to enter dental assisting careers. Founded in 2004, the school seeks to be the preeminent community college in the nation for health sciences. As the school is member of the Texas Medical Center, its students are given excellent access to hands-on study resources as well as numerous dental assistance clinical rotations.

Dental Assisting Certificate

This 12-month long program will train students to assist with treating and caring for dental patients. The dental assisting program teaches student how to prep patients, perform laboratory procedures, provides instruction on proper oral hygiene maintains dental records and preps the necessary instruments for the dentist. A hands-on clinical in dental assisting is a necessary part of the curriculum. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board exam, and upon passing it will earn the designation Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

This 68-credit program goes beyond basic dental assisting to train students how to perform basic dental procedures on patients. Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board, the curriculum covers topics in preventive dental hygiene, periodontology, dental radiology, oral pathology and more. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Examiners test, which paves the way for registration in Texas as a dental hygienist.

Tarrant County College's Dental Assisting Programs

Serving the greater Ft. Worth, Texas area, the Tarrant County College has offered a variety of two-year and certificate programs since 1965. Seventh-largest among all of Texas' colleges and universities, Tarrant County offers programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene.

Dental Assisting Certificate of Completion Program

The Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College has a dental assisting program that allows students to start in either fall or spring. The 11-class curriculum covers the broad range of skills needed to become a dental assistant, including office management, preventive dentistry, dental radiology and more. In order to graduate, students are required to pass both the Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring exams.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

This two-year program will prepare students for advanced dental hygienist careers in Texas through classroom and clinical instruction. Student are trained to assist dentists by performing head or neck screenings, running dental x-rays, counseling patients about oral health and other minor dental operations.


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