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 May, August, October, and December, at the Health Education Center on Beacon Hill at 1200 12th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
  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 the 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 24 applicants will be offered a position in the dental assisting program to begin fall/spring quarter.


  1. Once 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. Proof of TB testing must include a two-step TB test or QuantiFERON TB GOLD blood test.

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, 425.934.3184, to discuss additional options.

If you have difficulty in any of these areas, we also encourage you to seek information from Disability Support Services 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 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

2019 Fall Quarter Applications

  • Application closed on August 23, 2019.
  • Interviews for qualifying applicants will be conducted on August 29, 2019.
  • Applicants accepted into the dental assisting program will be notified on August 29, 2019.
  • Mandatory Orientation will be August 30, 2019.

2020 Spring Quarter Applications

  • Application closes 4th Friday in January at 11:59 p.m.
  • Interviews for qualifying applicants will be conducted two (2) weeks after the application closing date.
  • Applicants accepted into the dental assisting program will receive offers three (3) weeks after the application closing date.
  • Mandatory Orientation will be the last week in February.

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