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Dental Assisting

The University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor-based dental assisting program is the only accredited dental assisting program in Maine. Attending an accredited dental assisting program allows graduates to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Certified Dental Assisting (CDA*) exam immediately upon successful completion of the program. This Program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming members of the dental health care delivery team. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad educational experience in the theory and practice of dental assisting, as well as a background in biological sciences and the humanities. It also includes a minimum of 300 hours of externship experience.

The dental assisting student will be educated in fourhanded dentistry and in the duties often delegated to dental assistants, including dental radiography, oral health education, and business office responsibilities.

Students gain practical experience through clinical and laboratory sessions and through extramural assignments in general and specialty dental practices, community and hospital dental clinics, and dental laboratories.

The Dental Assisting Program will prepare students to be integral members of the oral health team through classroom learning and experiences in a variety of clinical dentistry settings.

Certified Dental Assistants that are graduates of an accredited program are in high demand throughout the State of Maine. If you enjoy working with people, want a rewarding career in the health profession and want to earn an attractive and competitive salary, consider UMA’s Dental Assisting Program.

* CDA and DANB are registered trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).This website is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.

The Dental Assisting Program is a demanding and highly competitive program. Therefore, admission decisions are based solely on students who are admission eligible whose academic history reflects both an ongoing pattern of success. Higher grades than the minimum required (with strong grades achieved particularly in the science coursework) are given greatest admission consideration.

  • A high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.
  • Passed all courses indicated by placement tests in math, reading, and writing with a grade of “C-” or better. A math placement test is not required for those who have passed a college math course. Reading and writing placement tests are not required for those who have passed ENG 101.
  • Applicants are required to have taken one year of a laboratory science, preferably biology or chemistry with a grade of “C-” or better and have satisfactorily completed courses in mathematics.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grades of “C-” or better in courses applied toward degree credit.
  • It is solely the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the completed application and related materials (such as high school transcripts, test scores, any transcripts of grades beyond high school, recommendations, etc.) are received by the Office of Admissions. Early application is encouraged because class size in limited.

Contact Emily Holland, Admissions Counselor for more information at
emily.holland@maine.edu or 207-262-7812

Immunization Requirements:

Students in the Dental Health Programs are likely to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens (infectious diseases) in their pre-clinical and clinical courses. The Programs teach and utilize the Center for Disease Control Infection Control Guidelines. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html

Immunizations required for the Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, and Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program include:

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine Series with Titre indicating immunity
  • Varicella vaccine, history of the disease, or titre showing immunity
  • Tetanus with the past 10 years
  • Flu vaccine each year enrolled in the clinical coursework
  • Tuburculin Skin Test on an annual basis

CPR Certification:

Students must hold current certification in either the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider. Failure to comply with any of the above will exclude the student from participating in preclinical and clinical courses.

Background Checks:

Applicants to the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while enrolled in the program or as a condition of professional employment. Internship sites may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record. If denied clinical privileges, the student is at risk of not being able to obtain the number of clinical hours required for graduation. Students will be expected to provide clinical internship sites with a current background check at the request of the interning site(s), with associated expenses the students’ responsibility.

2 Year Associate Degree

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring
DEA 102  Biodental Sciences I MAT 100 Mathematics and its Applications
COM 101 Public Speaking CIS 100 Introduction to Computing
ENG 101 College Writing DEA 154 Biodental Sciences II
XXX XXX Humanities Course CHY 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry
PSY 100 Intro to Psychology XXX XXX General Elective
Year 1 Summer
BIO 100 General Biology
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring
DEA 200 Preclinical DA Lab DEA 213 Dental Materials
DEA 201 Preclinical DA Theory DEA 250 Clinical Dental Assisting
DEH 225 Professionalism DEA 253 Dental Health Ed
DEH 203 Dental Radiology DEA 152 Dental Office Management
DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab BIO 104  Human Nutrition

1 Year Certificate Program

Year 1 Summer
BIO 100 General Biology PSY 100 Intro to Psychology
Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring
DEA 102 Biodental Sciences I MAT 100 Mathematics and its Applications
DEA 200 Preclinical DA Lab DEA 213 Dental Materials
DEA 201 Preclinical DA Theory DEA 250 Clinical Dental Assisting
DEH 225 Professionalism DEA 253 Dental Health Ed
DEH 203 Dental Radiology DEA 152 Dental Office Management
COM 101 Public Speaking

 

The University of Maine at Augusta offers the only accredited dental assisting program in the State of Maine. Attending an accredited dental assisting program allows graduates to challenge the Dental Assisting National Board Exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) works directly with a dentist or dental hygienist during patient care. Tasks include seating the patient, acquiring or updating a patients’ medical history, transferring instruments and materials during dental procedures, taking impressions, pouring dental models, sterilizing instruments, exposing radiographs, and providing patients with post-operative instruction. Many dental assistants continue their education to become Expanded Function Dental Assistants, dental assistants in specialty offices such as oral surgery or orthodontics, and Dental Office Managers.

* CDA and DANB are registered trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).This website is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.

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The University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor Dental Health Programs is scheduled for accreditation review in September 2021.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards.  The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

If you would like to file a complaint, a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene program and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

The Programs must retain in their files documentation of any complaints related to the accreditation standards since the last comprehensive review in 2014.  The Programs also must file information to document compliance with this policy.

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