UNM-Gallup Dental Assisting Certificate

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.


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.