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NHTI’s Dental Assisting certificate program is the only accredited Dental Assisting program in New Hampshire. Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) national certification exam.

Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare. In conjunction with the NHTI’s mission statement, our Dental Assisting program strives to provide a learning environment in which each dental assisting student is instilled with the knowledge, skills, and values to offer the most comprehensive educational, preventive, and therapeutic services reflecting the competencies vital to the profession of dental assisting. This program’s goals include:

  • To prepare students for all aspects of employment in a dental assisting career, including traditional and non-traditional settings, working with diverse multicultural populations.
  • To encourage students in the development of leadership skills to facilitate the advancement of dental assisting in all areas of the dental assisting profession.
  • To promote self-esteem to encourage critical thinking within a quality curriculum and in the field.
  • To entice students to pursue critical continuing education courses, advanced degree, and value lifelong learning.
  • To guide students in the discovery of global perspectives so as to adapt to the changing social needs of self, the
    patient population, and society in general.
  • To aid students in the formation of collaborative skills to work within a multi-disciplined health field and an ever-changing profession.
  • To instill in students, the value of community education and community service.

This program is financial aid-eligible. 

The Dental Assisting program has part-time option that starts in the Summer term, and a full-time option that starts in the Fall term.

The deadline for Summer 2023 admission is Jan. 6, 2023. The deadline for Fall 2023 admission has been extended to April 30, 2023.

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the Admissions Office by the deadline. Application materials received after the priority deadline will only be reviewed pending space availability in the program. All specific admissions requirements must be met for consideration.

  • A course in high school Biology or Chemistry with a C or higher
  • An informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee; qualified candidates are contacted after the deadline to arrange interview
  • Observation of professional practices in a dental office for a period of not less than 20 hours; students must submit the completed Dental Assisting Observation Form to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. The completed observation is valid for 2 years only. Current dental office employees are not required to complete the hours of observation but are required to complete and submit the observation form.
  • See Health, Character, and Technical Standards for additional requirements.

Students who wish to enter this program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline. 

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