The Dental Assisting program is a two-semester program that is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA) and prepares individuals to work as a Chairside Assistant in dental offices and settings. The employment rate for Dental Assistants in Maui County is expected to increase by 31.6 percent in the 6-year period 2004 through 2014.

The curriculum is organized in accordance with requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation with consultation from the Maui County Dental Society. Hands-on experience is achieved through clinical practice in the Maui Oral Health Center and in dental offices and clinics. Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).


Per UH Board of Regents policy, priority for admission to the high demand Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs is given first to fully qualified State of Hawai‘i residents as determined by the registrar for tuition purposes.* Qualified non-residents are considered after qualified Hawai‘i residents have filled all available openings. Admission to UH Maui College does not guarantee admission to the Dental Assisting program.

The following minimum competencies are required of students entering the Dental Assisting program: a) English 22 with grade C or better, or placement at English 100; and b) Biology 100 with grade C or better. Courses may be repeated once to raise a grade. Of the two times that the course has been taken, the higher grade is utilized fro admission purposes. Only grades in the first two attempts are considered for admission. In teh event of a tie (i.e., 2 students having the same points in teh Program Application), the student with the highest UHMC grade point average is offered admission to the program.

Science “lecture” courses (e.g., BIOL 100) required for admission to dental programs have a 10-year time limit, which must be completed within the last ten years prior to the application deadline. A “lab” course does not have a time limit (e.g., ZOOL 141 or 142), which may be repeated in the UH system online as a 3-credit lecture -only class.

The application deadline for the Fall cohort is May 1. Visit the UH Maui College dental website at:

Contact the Dental Assisting program coordinator, Joyce Yamada, at 984-3663, or by email at for information.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion (CC):  23 credits
Dental Assisting 120(3), 150(2), 151(5), 152(4), 154(1), 164(3), 165(2), 176(2), 177(1)
Grade C or better is required in all courses.


The cadre (cohort) takes courses in this sequence:*
First Semester (Fall)   Credits
DENT 120  Dental Office Management 3
DENT 150 Orientation to Dental Assisting 2
DENT 151  Introduction to Chairside Dental Assisting 5
DENT 164 Oral Biology I 3
      *DENT 176 Dental Radiography I*** 2
Second Semester (Spring) Credits
       DENT 152  Chairside Dental Assisting 4
     *DENT 154 Dental Materials 1
       DENT 165  Oral Biology II 2
     *DENT 177 Dental Radiography II 1


     *Note:  All transfer applicants who have taken dental assisting course work at another accredited dental assisting program will be evaluated on an individual basis.  The applicant must present a letter from the former dental assisting program, stating the circumstances necessitating that transfer. Opportunities from transfer applicants to enter dental assisting classes are limited to those instances where space becomes available.
   **Note: Scheduling is designed for students to complete the program in two semesters within a cohort.
***Note:  Process fro Credit by Examination (demonstrating competency) is available in DENT 154, 176, and 177 to those students who hold an active Certified Dental Assistant (Dental Assisting National Board-DANB) license.