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Hinds Community College

Hinds Community College, the largest community college in the state of Mississippi, is a comprehensive educational institution serving approximately 17,000 students each year. Hinds has provided quality educational programs that are convenient and affordable since 1917.


The mission of Hinds Community College, a public, comprehensive community college, is to offer pertinent and diverse educational programs and services for persons with various interests and abilities by:

  • Providing academic (college transfer) programs that parallel the first two years of four-year college studies

  • Providing occupational programs to prepare students for employment

  • Providing continuing education programs for unemployed, employed, or underemployed adults who need training or retraining, or who can otherwise profit from the programs

  • Providing continuing education programs that enhance the quality of life

  • Providing short courses, seminars, workshops, and industrial start-up training that will meet educational, business, industrial, and service needs

  • Providing high school general education and career services through a cooperative agreement with district high schools

Dental Assisting Technology

Dental Assisting Technology is a career for individuals who enjoy patient contact, flexible hours, and the security of employable skills. It is ideal for the high school graduate seeking a stable career, the parent looking for a profession to coordinate with family responsibilities, or the adult searching for a second career choice. After twelve months of training, the Dental Assisting graduate is prepared to assist the dentist at chairside, perform minor lab procedures, expose and develop radiographs, manage the front office, plus a variety of other skills. The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association and is one of only two programs in the State of Mississippi. Classes begin every August and January and all courses for the program are taught at the Nursing/Allied Health Center in Jackson.

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities are very broad and diverse for graduates of this program. Though the majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists, some graduates choose to work in one of the many dental specialties, such as pedodontics, orthodontics and oral surgery. Most assistants work at chairside, although opportunities do exist for graduates to participate in front office procedures. The demand for dental services will continue to grow in the future and therefore, the need for trained dental assistants will increase in order to meet that demand.

Credentialing Information

Students who successfully complete the Dental Assisting program at HCC are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board.

Admission Information

• Complete an Hinds CC Application for Admission and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records address located in the top right corner of the application.

• Complete an application for admission for the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

• Have an official high school transcript or GED (General Education Development Test) score and/or college transcripts mailed from the appropriate institutions to the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

• Have an official ACT score mailed from an appropriate institution to the Nursing/Allied Health Center. A minimum composite or science sub score of 18 (taken after October 1, 1989) or 15 (taken before October 1, 1989).

• Schedule an informational session with a Dental Assisting Technology faculty member.

School name:Hinds Community College
Address:501 East Main Street
Zip & city:39154-1100 Mississippi
Phone:(601) 857-3212

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