The Dental Assistant classes will not be offered during the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 academic year. We will update this web site as to the classes for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 academic year.

Dental Assisting (DENT)

Make a difference in the dental health of our community. Dental Assistants provide both administrative and clinical services, including patient education, sterilizing instruments, assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, preparing patients for treatment, and taking impressions. UH Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program prepares students for this growing field, and can be completed in 1 year* (two full-time semesters).


Certificate of Competency (CO)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

he 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 the U.S. is expected to increase by 25 percent in the 10-year period 2012 through 2022.

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 new dental clinic in the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center – Noi’i Building and in dental offices and clinics on Maui. 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 for admission purposes. Only grades in the first two attempts are considered for admission. In the event of a tie (i.e., 2 students having the same points in the 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 June 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

Upon successful completion of the DENT Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrates an understanding of dental assistant roles including the legal, professional, and ethical responsibilities with the community.
    2. Demonstrates basic theoretical knowledge and skills in biological science, dental radiology, chair side dental assisting, and business office procedures to support dental assisting practice and build the foundation for an associate degree dental hygiene program.
    3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and advancing competency over a lifetime of clinical practice.
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.
First Semester (Fall)

DENT 150 Orientation to Dental Assisting
DENT 151 Introduction to Chairside Dental Assisting
DENT 154 Dental Material***
DENT 164 Oral Biology I
DENT 176 Dental Radiography I***

Second Semester (Spring)

DENT 120 Dental Office Management
DENT 152 Chairside Dental Assisting
DENT 165 Oral Biology II
DENT 177 Dental Radiography II***


*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 the transfer. Opportunities for 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 for 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.