Dental Assisting - Get Started

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be eligible for English 098
  • Be eligible for Math 087/91
  • High school diploma or GED

*An academic advisor must review math and English placement test scores or transcripts to prove program eligibility.

Steps to Begin the Application Process

  1. Attend an information session, held in January, May, August, and November. While campus has limited access, we will not be able to conduct face-to-face information sessions. However, information sessions using Zoom will be conducted. To attend an information session via Zoom please email
  2. Before applying to the Dental Assisting program, first, apply to Seattle Central College, you must be a student of the college. Complete the 5-Step Enrollment Process for Seattle Central College, which includes English and Math placement testing and transcript evaluations to ensure eligibility of courses taken at other colleges.
  3. After placement testing, meet with an academic advisor or contact the advising office via email ( to discuss an educational plan.
  4. Review and complete the Application for Dental Assisting.
  5. DISCLOSURE: Application submission does not guarantee admission into the program.
  6. Applicants meeting all criteria will be invited to participate in an interview.
  7. The scores from the application criteria and interview will be calculated and the top 20 applicants will be offered a position in the dental assisting program to begin Summer quarter.


  1. If admitted into the program, students will be sent a link to have a criminal background check. This must be completed prior to orientation.  Results from the background check are sent directly to the program by the company conducting them.
  2. Attendance of a mandatory orientation. Orientation is the first opportunity to meet other members of your cohort as well as complete registration, provide emergency contact information, and other departmental forms. If you work, request a flexible work schedule that week
  3. Accepted candidates will need a health history, physical exam, an eye exam, proof of immunizations, and hearing exam. Exams must be completed by a healthcare provider.
  4. Accepted candidates are required to have a physical, eye, and hearing exams as well as provide proof of immunizations.
    • Required Immunizations (lab results must be included):
    • Hepatitis B requires the 3-dose series or positive titer showing immunity
    • Influenza requires a 1-dose given (during flu season September – June) 
    • 2-step tuberculin test, or if TB test is positive, it is necessary to have a chest x-ray and a TB Assessment signed by a healthcare provider or a QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) showing no active TB (must be done before entering the program)
    • Measles, mumps, & rubella (MMR) requires a 2-dose series or a positive titer showing immunity
    • Varicella (chickenpox) requires a 2-dose series or a positive titer showing immunity
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis requires 1-dose within the last two years or TD within 10 years

    Any documents submitted to Seattle Central College's Admissions Office or the Dental programs will become the property of Seattle Central College. Please keep copies of documents for your records.

Physical demands on a Dental Assistant

Dental Assisting is extremely demanding physically and requires very fine motor skills and movement.

If you have difficulty in any of the areas listed below, we strongly encourage you to discuss the impact of these difficulties on a career in dental assisting with your physician.

If you are still concerned after discussing with your physician, we encourage you to make an appointment with the Executive Director of Dental Programs, 206.934.3184, to discuss additional options.

If you have difficulty in any of these areas, we also encourage you to seek information from the Accessibility Resource Center office to determine if there is a reasonable accommodation available to support your progress in the program.

Visual Acuity

  • Acute enough to read small printed labels on medications.
  • Acute enough to read small numbers on instruments.

Hearing Acuity

  • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken when muffled by a mask.
  • Acute enough to hear blood pressures and heart rate with a stethoscope.

Speaking Ability

  • Verbal expression clear and distinct enough to enunciate dental terminology while wearing a facemask.
  • Ability to express thoughts clearly.

Digital Dexterity

  • Agile enough to handle dental instruments with both left and right hands.
  • Able to bend at the wrist.


  • Able to complete required tasks/functions under stressful conditions. Self-directed.
  • Able to interact professionally with all members of the dental team.

Important Dates

2022 Fall Quarter Start Only

  • Application closes on July 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Interviews for qualifying applicants will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants accepted into the dental assisting program will be notified by August 8, 2022.
  • Mandatory Orientation will be on August 12, 2022.

Information Sessions

  • To attend an information session via Zoom please email
  • January, 24, 2022 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am by ZOOM
  • March 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm pm by ZOOM
  • June 2, 2022 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am by ZOOM
  • August 24, 2022 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am by ZOOM

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