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Dental Assistants are multi-skilled dental professionals trained to work in many specialty areas of dentistry, including restorative dentistry and preventive oral health care. You’ll learn the skills necessary to provide patient education, apply pit and fissure sealants, produce intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs, polish teeth and fillings, assist the dentist, prepare dental materials, and manage dental offices. 
Schedule of Courses


Academic Advising 
Academic advising for course registration is mandatory each semester for all students enrolled in degree, diploma, or certificate programs. All Health Education advisors will be using Starfish to post office hours that will allow students to make appointments without assistance.  Students are able to access Starfish through MyTCTC or Blackboard. Please remember, appointment times are valuable and should be canceled through Starfish if appointments cannot be kept. Students who schedule appointments with an advisor and no show two times will not be allowed to make another appointment until meeting with the Division Dean to discuss the missed appointments. If you have any questions, call the Health Education Division office at (864) 646-1400.


Program Accreditation

The program in dental assisting 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. The Commission’s web address is:

Commission on Dental Accreditation Posting Form for Third Party Comments

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Career Pathways for Success
Students who are still in high school may consider taking college courses now to get a jumpstart on completing your degree at Tri-County. View a sample pathway here.


Transfer Agreements 
For students who wish to continue work toward a four-year degree, we encourage you to work with your advisor on the steps that are best for your plans. Learn more about transfer options here.



Infection Control Exam:  
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Radiation Health and Safety Exam:  
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General Chairside Exam:
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