Dental Assistant - Program Admissions

The Dental Assistant program uses a selective process and there is no wait list for this program. Completing the prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

If you are not an admitted and registered student at SCTCC, apply to SCTCC and submit official transcripts prior to completing the Dental Assistant application.

Dental Assistant Fall semester start: 30 Dental Assistant students

Open application period: The Dental Assistant program open application period is December 1st through March 1st. Applications will remain open until filled.  Applications received after March 1st deadline will be placed on the alternate list.

Program Information:

  • Review the available degrees under the program options heading (prerequisites and degree requirements for the degree you are interested in pursuing.)
  • Review the Historical Applicant Data (PDF)
  • Attend a Dental Assistant Program Information Meeting to receive the most current program information.  The Program Application and associated forms are discussed at the Program Information Meeting.
  • Students are only allowed to retake one prerequisite course one time for this program.

Applying to the Dental Assistant Program:

  • If you are not admitted and registered at SCTCC, apply to SCTCC, submit official transcripts to SCTCC, then submit the Dental Assistant program application.
  • Applicants considered for admission to the dental assistant program MUST have all the prerequisite general education/general studies courses completed prior to the start of the program and ranking preference will be given to students with all prerequisite general education/general studies as well as required general education courses completed by the application deadline.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from the prerequisite courses is required and a GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the general education coursework to be considered for admission.
  • Submit the Dental Assistant program application and supporting documents (such as the Nursing Assistant certificate, CPR Card) during the program open application period.  Supporting documents should be mailed following the instructions provided on the Apply Online link (available during the program open application period.)
  • Applicants will be ranked using the Dental Assistant Program Acceptance Criteria.
  • Non-accepted applicants are encouraged to reapply during the next program application period after reviewing ways to gain more points on the Point System.
  • The American Heart Association CPR/AED health care provider level course should be taken if you are selected as one of the top applicants to start the program.  

Program Applicant Profile

Degree Planner

Criminal Background Study:

Any individual who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed.  Results of the study are to be on file in the Dental Assisting Program before students begin their clinical experiences.  Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences.  Therefore, the individual is ineligible to progress in the Dental Assisting Program.

"If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid."

Criminal background studies are performed annually. For a list of disqualifying crimes or conduct visit the MN Statues Sec. 245C.15 page: Questions and appeals should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN  55155-3824.  DHS Background Studies Unit  Phone: (651) 431-6620, Fax: (651) 296-1490.  Web address:

SCTCC Dental Clinic

The SCTCC dental clinic is located in the Health Sciences Building on the second floor. Anyone can make an appointment for a mechanical polishing, radiographs, fluoride treatment and many other preventive and restorative services.  Call 320-308-5919 to make an appointment. Hours vary each semester and all services are provided by students under the direct supervision of licensed dental assistants and licensed dentists.