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University of Alaska Anchorage (School of Allied Health)

The University of Alaska Anchorage comprises eight teaching units at the Anchorage campus. The Colleges of Education, Health and Social Welfare, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Policy, Community and Technical, Schools of Engineering, School of Social Work, and School of Nursing. As well, there are five community campuses: Matanuska-Susitna College, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, and Prince William Sound Community College. UAA is the largest University in the state. UAA also provides higher education opportunities to Armed Services personnel throughout the state of Alaska.


UAA is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges and University of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.


The University of Alaska Anchorage inspires learning and enriches Alaska, the nation, and the world through UAA teaching, research, creativity, and service. UAA is a comprehensive university that provides opportunities to all who can benefit from educational programs of high quality in an inclusive environment rich in diversity. Located in Anchorage and on community campuses serving Southcentral Alaska, UAA is committed and uniquely situated to serve the needs of its communities, the state, and its diverse peoples.

Dental Assisting

In June 2005, 11 of the 16 graduates of the Dental Assisting Program sat for their national certification. They scored 100 points above the national average in several areas. Although certification is not mandatory in Alaska, it is highly recommended that students obtain their certification.

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to become skilled members of the dental health care team. Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team.

The duties of the dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs a wide range of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Some specific tasks dental assistants may perform include: assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures; providing oral health care; exposing and processing radiographs (x-rays); recording the patient's medical history and vital signs; preparing and sterilizing the proper instruments and equipment for the dentist's use; providing the patient with post-operative instructions; taking impressions for study casts; performing office management tasks; and performing basic dental laboratory tasks.

Many types of practice settings are available to dental assistants. An assistant may choose to work in a private practice or a group practice. In addition, an assistant can work in a general dentistry or specialty practice, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, or pediatric dentistry. Job opportunities also exist in public health facilities, federal government facilities, hospitals, dental school clinics, insurance companies, and vocational schools or community colleges and universities teaching others to become dental assistants.

A faculty advisor in the Dental Assisting program should be consulted prior to entry in the program.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. As a result of this, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board examination in General Chairside Assisting and upon successful completion will become Certified Dental Assistants.

The Dental Assisting department offers two educational paths:

School name:University of Alaska AnchorageSchool of Allied Health
Address:3211 Providence Drive
Zip & city:99508 Alaska
Phone:(907) 786-4894

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