Tammy Glover

Coordinator/Instructor, Dental Assisting Program

Email: tglover@wpcc.edu
Phone: 828.448.3545
Foothills Higher Education Center 

Dental Assisting

Careers in Dental Assisting are in Great Demand

The dental assistant profession is hot. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is projected that there will be 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2014-2024 and that job demand will continue to be much higher than average for the next several years.

You can become a Dental Assistant in just one year by successfully completing Western Piedmont Community College’s Dental Assisting program. Here, you will develop the skills to assist the dentist in the delivery of treatment, including working with patients and performing procedures in the dental laboratory.

WPCC offers a combination of classes, lab, and clinical training to prepare you for your career. You will study infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates of the WPCC Dental Assisting program may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

You should consult an advisor for information about course scheduling.

Learn More About Dental Assisting at WPCC

Our video provides more information about the program, meet our faculty and see our facilities.

Nationally Accredited

WPCC’s Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda

Occupational Outlook

If you graduate with a Diploma in Dental Assisting at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs in with dentists and in dental labs. Statistics from Dental Careers EDU suggest that the salary (median to high) range for dental assistants in the Unifour area is from $34,520 to $37,480 per year.

The Application Process

The following must be completed by February 1:

  1. WPCC application for admission.
  2. Complete WPCC admissions and testing procedures.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript showing your graduation date or an official copy of the High School Equivalency Diploma in a sealed envelope.
  4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges you previously attended in a sealed envelope . You must score a “C” or better in each course in order to transfer credit.
  5. Credit for MAT 003.
  6. Complete all general education courses and other major required courses with a score of “C” or better.

It is your responsibility to verify that all required documentation has been received by WPCC prior to the February 1 deadline.

Porgram Admission Information

  • Notification of acceptance or rejection to the program will be made by April 1.

  • Upon admission, you will receive a copy of the Dental Assisting Program Policies. These rules are in addition to regular College policies.
  • Following admission, you must submit a completed medical appraisal.
  • Following admission, you must be certified in Healthcare Adult and Infant CPR.
  • Students are admitted to the program each Fall semester

Other Information

  • You must submit a completed criminal background check and drug screen to the clinical facility for approval to participate in clinical training in the facility.
  • Clinical facilities may require you to submit a physical and emotional health form.

If a clinical facility denies admission due to the results of the criminal background check or drug screen, you will not be able to complete the Dental Assisting program. You should refer to the Dental Assisting Program Policy Manual for additional information on policies and procedures.

Programs of Study


WPCC’s diploma program has 48 hours of coursework to prepare you for a career as a dental assistant.


Let’s get started! Our counselors are happy to provide the information and guidance you need to submit your application, apply for financial aid and scholarships, visit and tour our campus.

Financial Aid

We recognize that paying for college is an important consideration while making your education journey . Our financial aid staff is here to provide you with financial aid options and assistance to help you achieve your educational goals.

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