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 pre-requisite 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.


Exhibit 1-B

DA Program Outcomes

  1. Execute taking quality radiographs.
  2. Demonstrate the proper methods for infection control.
  3. Demonstrate general chair-side skills required to work as an entry-level dental assistant.
  4. Perform entry-level skills in the application of dental fluorides, coronal polishing, and dental sealants.
  5. Demonstrate the skills required in performing state-approved expanded functions.
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills pertaining to legal and ethical issues related to dentistry.
  7. Demonstrate compassion, empathy, and sensitivity to all patients regardless of their different backgrounds.
  8. Function in a responsible, professional, and ethical manner.
  9. Explain the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the dental assistant.
  10. Demonstrate working within the laws outlines in the state Dental Practice Act and understand the legal and ethical consequences of performing illegal duties.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for New Mexico licensed dental assistants.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge to successfully pass the DANB examination.
  13. Sit for the national certification examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
  14. Communicate effectively and establish positive working relationships with patients and members of the dental health care team.
  15. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education and advancement in education.

Licensure and Certification

Successful completion of the UNMG dental assisting program may make you eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certified Dental Assistant examination. You may also be eligible to take the State of New Mexico expanded function examinations in coronal polishing, topical fluoride, and pit and fissure sealants.


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.