Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting Program trains students in clinical and administrative tasks that can be used in dental offices, group practices and dental suppliers. An Associate in Applied Science as well as a certificate are available for the program taught on Gadsden State’s Valley Street Campus.

The Dental Assisting Program at Gadsden State can lead students to an in-demand career with good income potential. Admission to the program is competitive with the number of students being limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about the program in this Dental Assisting Program Information Presentation (PDF).



  • Must be in good standing with Gadsden State
  • Must maintain a C or better on all general and pre-DAT courses
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA on general education courses
  • Must pass a criminal and consumer background check
  • Must pass a drug test
  • Must meet the essential functions required by the DAT program

The following must also be on final in the Gadsden State Admissions Office:

  • Application to the College
  • All official college transcripts
  • Official high school transcripts


Before applying, be sure to read Dental Assisting Eligibility Criteria to ensure all application pre-requisites have been completed.


Dental Assisting student

Gadsden State Dental Assisting Program logo

Dental Science Program Director/Instructor Karen Tyree

Karen Tyree, Dental Science Program Director/Instructor