Dental Assisting Certificate Program

With a certificate in Dental Assisting, you can find a way to utilize both communication and technical skills in flexible and interesting work environments. Work chair-side with dentists as part of a dental care team to make patients comfortable. Our program trains dental assistants for work that involves direct patient care, lab duties and general office tasks. If you like to work with your hands doing a variety of skills, this could be the career for you.


UNM-Gallup Dental Assisting Certificate Program

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The Dental Assisting Program is one year of full-time study that begins in the fall semester and finishes the following summer semester. Class enrollment is limited. Students must meet the regular UNM-Gallup admission criteria and are selected for the Dental Assistant Program based upon personal interview, pre-admission test scores, and high school or previous college records. A separate application to the Dental Assistant Program is required and may be obtained in the Heath Careers Office. The Dental Assistant's range of duties is filled with possibilities. The Assistant may comfort an anxious patient, bill insurance companies, and assist the dentist in providing treatment in patients. Through strong educational preparation, the Dental Assistant may assume responsibilities which are within his/her abilities and are recognized by the State Practice Act.

Please consult with your advisor for current transferability information.


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.


Information for Current and Future Students

Dental Assisting Program

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Dental Assisting Tuition & Fees

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Dental Assisting Program Demographic Information

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Gayle L. Woodcock

Gayle L. Woodcock

CDA, RDH, BS, Program Director

(505) 863-7515
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