Dental Assistant

This program will teach you the skills needed to work in a dental office as an entry-level dental assistant, receptionist, front office assistant or back office assistant. The main goal of this course is to familiarize the student with all the areas of dental assisting. This class will include both theory and hands-on training that will allow students to become familiar with dental instruments and how to prepare them for the patients. It will provide the student with the professional skills that are necessary to work as Dental Assistant.

Course Objectives

This course prepares students to work in a dental office as an entry-level dental assistant, receptionist, front office assistant or back office assistant.

Students should be knowledgeable of the following after course completion:

  • Tooth anatomy and charting.
  • Alginate impressions pour and trim models.
  • Techniques of digital x-ray: bitewing films, periapical films and panorex films.
  • Instruments using four-handed dentistry, and how to pass them.
  • Purpose and use of dental materials.
  • Home care instructions to educate patients.
  • Procedures for medical emergencies.
  • Protocols for all procedures listed.
    • Composite / Amalgam restorations
    • Oral surgery – tooth extractions, simple and surgical
    • Endodontic – root canals
    • Crowns – fabricating temp crowns
    • Lab procedures

Registration Information

Registration can be completed via online, walk-in or postal mail.

Walk-in registration is accepted during our regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Jefferson Campus
2601 Carson Road
George Wallace Hall, Office 202
Birmingham, AL 35215

Shelby-Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Road
Health Science Building, Office 432
Birmingham, AL 35242

Course Fee



Courses are offered on an ongoing basis and we offer open enrollment. To view a complete schedule, go to the following link: Click Here

Scholarship Opportunities 

Career Pathways:
Jefferson State Community College’s Adult Education program and the Center for Workforce Education have partnered to provide Fast Track career classes to Adult Education students. The Fast Track career classes lead to the skills necessary to obtain employment. These classes can be completed in a few weeks or a few months. Career Pathways allows qualifying students to benefit from activities related to workplace readiness, academic and career counseling, and academic preparation while enrolling in selected Non-Credit Fast Track programs.

Local Alabama Career Centers provide WIOA scholarship opportunities to qualifying students for some programs. (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act). These are for low-income students/students who have recently been laid off from their jobs.