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Program Overview

If you want a career that is both personally and professionally fulfilling and you enjoy interacting with people, consider a career as a dental assistant or hygienist. Both are in-demand positions that form a critical part of a dental team’s success.

Our Dental program offers paths for both careers — with instructors who have real-world experience and will teach you essential skills and safety guidelines. Dental assistants support the dental team during a variety of clinical and administrative procedures. In this program, you’ll learn how to work with, record, and interpret patient data, as well as how to document diagnoses, treatment plans, and performed procedures. We will also teach you how to manage referrals and lab cases.

Dental hygienists assess and diagnose the oral health of patients, assist the dentist, and take and develop x-rays. A dental hygienist requires good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and attention to detail. In the program, you’ll learn to perform a preliminary exam and teeth cleaning. As a licensed dental hygienist, you may be employed in a general or specialty dental practice in private or public healthcare settings.

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Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Dental Assisting

Phoenix College's Dental Assisting program offers interactive dental assistant courses accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Think classes covering oral and maxillofacial surgery clinical practice to the radiography laboratory.

Students get actual experience at PC. You’ll learn how to operate dental equipment, handle x-rays, take tooth impressions, and perform clinical procedures. PC offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Assisting as well as a Certificate of Completion (CCL) — and both prepare students for the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam. Graduates may go on to work in the field of general dentistry or in special practices like orthodontics, periodontics, and children's dentistry.

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future dental assistants may contact the program director, Kristina Deela,, for more information.

Dental Hygiene

For those seeking an established program, the Dental Hygiene program at Phoenix College has been around since 1968. The four-semester Dental Hygiene program offers courses in dental, head, and neck anatomy, prevention of dental disease, oral pathology, and anesthesia. Laboratories are also offered in dental radiography and dental materials.

PC offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene. Graduates may go on to sit for the National Dental Hygiene Board exam, and work as a licensed dental hygienist.

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future students may contact the program director, LaQuera (Kerry) Darrow,, for more information.