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Dental Assistant Certificate Program

Third Party Comments

The Dental Assisting Program at the University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus is scheduled for a site visit by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association on May 5-6, 2015.

Third Party Comments from students, UNM faculty, community members and the local dental community are being solicited. Written third party comments are due in the commission office by March 1, 2015.

All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by the Commission staff for relevancy. Only signed comments will be considered.

For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office.

All relevant comments will have signatures removed and will then be referred to the program prior to the site visit for review and response.

A written response from the program should be provided to the Commission office and the visiting committee fifteen (15) days prior to the site visit.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission of Dental Accreditation at 211 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 ext 4653.

Dental Assisting Science Program (44 credits)

The Dental Assisting Program is one year of full-time study that begins in the fall semester and finishes the following summer semester. Class enrollment is limited. Students must meet the regular UNM Gallup admission criteria and are selected for the Dental Assistant Program based upon personal interview, pre-admission test scores, and high school or previous college records. A separate application to the Dental Assistant Program is required and may be obtained in the Heath Careers Office. .The Dental Assistant's range of duties is filled with possibilities. The Assistant may comfort an anxious patient, bill insurance companies, and assist the dentist in providing treatment in patients. Through strong educational preparation, the Dental Assistant may assume responsibilities which are within his/her abilities and are recognized by the State Practice Act.

Please consult with your advisor for current transferability information.


Register online here:

Online Dental Assisting Application Form
Dental Assistant Certificate Program

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


Gayle L. Woodcock,CDA, RDH, BS, Program Director
Phone: (505) 863-7515 Room: HCI 107

Michelle DeArmond ,CDA, RN, BSN