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Dental Assisting Technology

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Scope of Practice

Please click on the following link to view the Mississippi Dental Board of Examiner’s list of allowable and prohibited activities for dental assistants in the state of MS.

About Our Program

Dental Assisting Technology is a career for individuals who enjoy patient contact, flexible hours, and the security of employable skills. It is ideal for the high school graduate seeking a stable career, the parent looking for a profession to coordinate with family responsibilities, or the adult searching for a second career choice.

After twelve months of training, the Dental Assisting graduate is prepared to assist the dentist at chairside, perform minor lab procedures, expose and develop radiographs, manage the front office, plus a variety of other skills. Classes begin every August and January and all courses for the program are taught at the Nursing/Allied Health Center in Jackson, Miss.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are very broad and diverse for graduates for this program. Though the majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists, some graduates choose to work in one of the many dental specialties, such as pedodontics, orthodontics and oral surgery. Most assistants work at chairside, although opportunities do exist for graduates to participate in front office procedures. The demand for dental services will continue to grow in the future and therefore, the need for trained dental assistants will increase in order to meet that demand.

Admission Information

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide the required data to the Office of Admissions, Hinds Community College at Nursing/Allied Health Center, 1750 Chadwick Drive, Jackson, MS 39204-3490. Submitting the information to any other Hinds Community College location will delay the processing of your file.

  • Application for Admission to Hinds Community College
  • Application for Selection to Dental Assisting Technology
  • Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges
  • ACT composite of 18 (15 prior to 10/1989)
  • Must be 18 years of age by the 2nd semester of the program
  • Placement level: ENG=3, MAT=2, REA=4

*Admission to the program is a Competitive Selection Process: Rating Scale based on ACT composite; math & reading sub scores; and previous military service, certificate or degree.
Preference Deadline: April 15th for Fall; October 15th for Spring

Process for Selection

  • Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 15th for fall admission and by October 15th for spring admission.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score, ACT Math and Reading sub-scores; previous certificates/degrees; and military experience.   
  • Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session. 
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Dental Assisting Technology Program.

Process for Selection for Transfer Admission

  • Requirements for transfer of credit courses are explained in the Catalog under Transfer Students.
  • The Dental Assisting Technology program does not accept transfer credit for Dental Assisting Technology courses.
  • Dental Assisting Technology courses may not transfer to other colleges.
  • Some colleges may accept Hinds Community College Dental Assisting Technology coursework for transfer, if the student satisfactory completes the Dental Assisting Technology program and has current CDA certification. 

Credentialing Information

Students who successfully complete the Dental Assisting program at Hinds Community College are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board.


This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-25678, 312.440.2500, www.ada.org/en/coda.

Program of Study and Core Performance Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between dental assisting and dental hygiene?

To many, dental assisting and dental hygiene are spoken of interchangeably. Although both careers involve working in the dental field, each job requires its specific educational requirements and alter on their limitations and duties chairside. Dental assistants can be thought of very much like a dental nurse. Assistants work chairside with a variety of procedures, including implants, extractions, crown preparations, composite and amalgam restorations, root canals, and much more. Dentists rely on a confident and knowledgeable assistant to ensure all patients are cared for properly and that treatment runs smoothly. Dental assisting is a fast paced, challenging, but most importantly rewarding field. The following link may help answer any further questions you have about the differences between assisting and hygiene.


Does Hinds offer a hygiene program?

No. Hinds Community College has a dental assisting program located on the Nursing Allied Health Campus in Jackson, MS.

What are the prerequisites required for entrance into the dental assisting program at Hinds Community College?

Each applicant must have an official high school diploma or GED and a score of at least an 18 on the ACT. If you have completed any college courses, Hinds will need the transcripts from those schools as well.

When can I apply?

Our program is a three-semester program that can either be started in August or January of each year. We do not have a deadline for applications, but we do have what is referred to as a preference date for each semester. All applicants that have applied by the preference date will be called first for admission into the program. The preference dates are as follows: April 15th for fall admissions and October 15th for spring admissions.

How long is the dental assisting program?

The dental assisting program is three consecutive semesters. If you begin classes in the Fall semester, you will graduate at the end of July. If you begin classes in the Spring, you will graduate at the end of December. 

Are there any males in the dental assisting program?

Yes! Hinds Community College prides itself on maintaining a diverse and accepting environment for our students. Not only have we had many males complete our program, but we have had many nontraditional students as well. We are excited to accept anyone into our program that is passionate about dental assisting and has an eagerness to learn.