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.

CODA Accreditation

RCCC’s Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has bee granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission’s web address is

Policy on Third Party Comments

Attention faculty, students, program administrators, dental related organizations, and consumers:

In compliance with our accreditation standards, we are soliciting third party comments related to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Dental Assisting Program’s compliance with the ADA’s Dental Assisting Accreditation Standards.

Comments must pertain only to the standards for the program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Comments must be signed, but the signatures will be removed prior to forwarding them to the program.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting:

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Il 60611
800-621-8099 Ext. 4653

Please send any written comments to the above address by August 20, 2023.
Only written comments will be accepted.

Program Chair
Amanda Belleville

Amanda Belleville


North Campus

Employment of Dental Assistants is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028 in North Carolina.

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants have an average salary of $44,920 in the state of North Carolina as of May 2020.

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