National Entry-Level Dental Assistant Program

Your Path to Becoming a Dental Assistant

Prepare for an entry-level position in one of the fastest growing health care fields with a curriculum introducing you to the profession of dentistry.  You will learn all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and receive training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. Through lecture and laboratory sessions, you will learn dental procedures and the role of the dental assistant. Skill development includes policies and guidelines, oral and dental anatomy, infection control, dental radiology, instrument identification and use, plus other areas. 

Additionally, this program prepares you to sit for three components of the Dental Assisting National Board Exams (DANB) and the National Entry Level Dental Assisting Certification: Radiation Health and Safety Examination (RHS); Infection Control (ICE); and Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology (AMP) which are the three components of the NELDA certification. The DANB exams are administered at Pearson Vue Centers and are not included as part of the cost of this program.

Externship Component

Dental Assistant students who successfully complete the program are eligible to participate in an externship opportunity to gain practical skills assisting within the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Community College of Philadelphia or with a local dental practice. The externship opportunity will begin at the successful completion of the program.  

Program Eligibility Requirements: 

Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; have a general physical examination; a test for Tuberculosis; undergo a criminal background check; complete a child abuse history clearance, and have current CPR certification by a DANB accepted CPR, BLS and ACLS provider that includes a hands-on exam. (Not all CPR courses include the hands-on exam; check with the provider before taking a course to confirm it will be accepted by DANB.)

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of class.  All documentation listed above must be completed and turned into the Corporate Solutions office (Center for Business and Industry, Room C1-9)  by the registration deadline, or you may email the documentation to Rikki Bardzik at

Required Textbooks:

Books available for purchase at the college bookstore.

CCP - Dental Assisting Bundle

ISBN: 978-0-323-72745-7  This package includes your required course materials  - three print books at a special negotiated discount of 30% off, along with access to free study tools. This bundle package is available only through the CCP book store

Books included in the bundle package: 

  • Modern Dental Assisting, 12e Hardcover  by Doni L. Bird CDA RDA RDH MA and Debbie S. Robinson CDA MS 
  • Student Workbook for Modern Dental Assisting, 12e Paperback  by Doni L. Bird CDA RDA RDH MA and Debbie S. Robinson CDA MS
  • Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide, 6e Spiral-bound  by Linda Bartolomucci Boyd CDA RDA BA

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Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

Jan. 23 - May 1, 2021
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
(1/2 hour lunch break)

(No class spring break - March 13)

In-Person lab hours, Live Online, and Asynchronous learning

Main Campus - Dental Clinic - W1-24

 $2,999 (Tuition: $2,749; Lab Fee: $250)

 Course Hours: 112 Hours