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Dental Assisting - Program

The Rutgers School of Health Professions Dental Assisting Program is a ten month certificate program offered in conjunction with the following affiliates:

Enrollment is limited to 24 students who commence their studies in January under the professional leadership of the faculty of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP). Faculty of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine also provide instruction in the program. Dental Assisting students have access to the most modern equipment and treatment facilities at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine as well as at the Rutgers SHRP, Scotch Plains Dental Suite.


SHRP Scotch Plains Dental Suite


Students are required to attend clinical sessions at multiple sites and on both the Scotch Plains and Newark Campuses.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a joint Certificate in Dental Assisting by Brookdale Community College, Essex County College; Ocean County College; Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, Thomas Edison State College or Union County College and Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.


The philosophy of the Allied Dental Education faculty is the promotion of teamwork between the two disciplines of Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. In order to advance this cooperative team philosophy, a core of allied dental courses has been developed.

Rutgers is the only program in New Jersey that gives students the option to transfer completed core courses (with a grade of "C" or better) into the Dental Hygiene Program, providing Dental Assisting students with a unique career ladder opportunity.


The Dental Assisting program is approved by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education and accredited by the Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.


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