Dental Assisting

The dental assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection and hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dental Assisting Department of Rowan Cabarrus Community College is to provide opportunities for students to learn the dental assistant’s role in the practice of modern dentistry and to help the student to become aware of their potential as a member of the dental health team.

Program Chair
Amanda Belleville

Amanda Belleville


North Campus

Dental assistants work daily 9 to 5 jobs with very little, if any, weekend hours. Part-time positions are available.

The average salary for dental assistants in North Carolina is $42,790 as of May 2019.

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Tooth be told I did enjoy my time here at Rowan-Cabarrus, good luck fellow graduates may the floss be with you.
Victoria McCowan


I came to Rowan-Cabarrus because I knew I’d be able to find a career. The dental assisting program was very job-focused and left us feeling prepared for work. The dental assisting field is in high demand – over 75 percent of my classmates had jobs soon after graduation. I am proud to be a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Abby Harwood