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Dental Assisting - Curriculum

The dental radiology course, as part of the Dental Assisting Program is, accredited by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and must also document proof of graduation from high school. If the high school education has been completed out of the United States, an official evaluation to verify equivalency must be provided prior to the start of the dental radiology course. The Dental Assisting curriculum contains a Dental Radiography course which is separately accredited by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Upon successful completion of the Dental Radiology component of the Dental Assisting Program, the student will obtain a certificate of completion for that course. The student will then be eligible for the New Jersey Dental Radiology Licensure exam and be eligible for licensure upon successful examination.

The following must be completed before a student can start clinical education:
(a) the successful completion of both the didactic and laboratory components of the program
(b) the “Clinical Affiliate Application” is approved by the Board for that student and
(c) the “Permission Statement” on the “Dental Radiography Verification of Curriculum Completion Form” is completed by the Program. 

Although some patients may be provided by the school, the student may need to bring patients who have a clinical need for dental radiographs.

The Dental Assisting curriculum consists of classroom and clinical coursework offered during weekday hours. All course work must be completed within four semesters from initial registration in the program.


Spring, Summer & Fall Semesters


All Science/Lab courses must have been completed within five years or less in order to qualify for acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program

General Education Requirements


*Anatomy & Physiology I

4 Credits

*English Composition I

3 Credits


3 Credits

Credits prior to professional course work

10 Credits


*Although A&P I is not a prerequisite for admission to the Program, A&P I must be completed with a grade of "C" or above prior to the start of the dental coursework in January.

For Course Requirements for Graduation, please click on the following link:


Students are required to attend classes on multiple campuses. Some courses may be web-enhanced. Students must have access to a computer and internet.

Students are requiured to check email daily. Majority of supplemental course materials are posted on line.

Criminal background checks are performed by the State Board of Dentistry of New Jersey prior to licensure.

* Core course work transferable to Dental Hygiene Program within 2 years of graduation from Rutgers Dental Assisting Program with a grade "C" or above.

** If individuals wish to apply to the Dental Hygiene Program, please review all prerequisite requirements.



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