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Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College has a proud tradition of helping people get a fresh start - a start towards completion of a degree, a start towards a better job, a start towards a better and more enriching life. We know that there are many different reasons why students decide to come to PPCC. Perhaps you plan to begin an academic career that you intend to continue at a four-year institution. Perhaps you want to pursue occupational training for job and career advancement, or to cultivate a special interest in one of our hundreds of different course offerings. Our students come from all walks of life, all age groups, and all educational and occupational backgrounds. What they share in common is a desire to improve themselves through learning. Whatever your motivation and goals, PPCC is here to serve you.

The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456.


Our mission is to provide high quality, educational opportunities accessible to all, with a focus on student success and community needs, including

  • occupational programs for youth and adults in career and technical fields,

  • two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities, and

  • a broad range of personal, career, and technical education for adults.

Dental Assisting

A dental assistant is a skilled and essential member of the dental health care team in the delivery of preventive and restorative dentistry. The continuing demand for dental assistants makes this program an opportunity for a productive career.

The Dental Assisting Certificate Program prepares students for employment as chair-side dental assistants. In addition to the prescribed coursework, a minimum of 300 clinical hours is required to complete the program. Students must provide their own transportation to their clinical sites. A complete physical examination is required prior to the beginning of the clinical experience, and a Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.

Students must be at least 18 years of age before enrolling in Dental Radiology courses. Students must earn a C or better in all dental assisting courses in order to graduate.

The Dental Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the American Dental Associations Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination. Successful completion of the DANB Examination awards students the status of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Students who wish to pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting must be a graduate of an ADA accredited dental assisting certificate program. Students participating in the AAS Degree program will be given instruction, laboratory experience, and clinical experience in expanded functions as permitted by the Dental Practice Law of Colorado. Students who wish to develop skills as an expanded functions dental assistant but, are not graduates of an ADA accredited dental assisting program, must be a Certified Dental Assistant or have a minimum of two years of full time documented experience as a chairside dental assistant, preferably in a general dentistry practice.

Students who are interested in either the certificate program or the AAS degree program must meet with a dental assisting program advisor prior to enrolling in any dental assisting courses.

School name:Pikes Peak Community College
Address:5675 S. Academy Blvd
Zip & city:80906 Colorado
Phone:(719) 502-2000

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