Dental Assisting

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Diploma

Dental Assisting

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers a diploma in Dental Assisting. It offers exciting career opportunities and is among the fastest-growing professions for today's career search. The dental field is a very rewarding job that allows you to become a part of the Allied Health Care and serve in an area that helps people with dental health which is a part of your total health.

Overview

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers a diploma in Dental Assisting. It offers exciting career opportunities and is among the fastest-growing professions for today's career search. The dental field is a very rewarding job that allows you to become a part of the Allied Health Care and serve in an area that helps people with dental health which is a part of your total health.

The A-B Tech Asheville Campus is located in the beautiful WNC Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. You will not only be able to get the education you need, but you can also enjoy the culture of our area with many restaurants, shopping, outdoor adventures, or just simply settle in quietly while you are here.

It is our hope that you will find the answers needed to help you make good decisions about your education and career.

Accreditation

The Dental Assisting program has been granted the Accreditation Status of Approval Without Reporting Requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. This status is awarded to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

A copy of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Accreditation Standards and CODA Policies and Procedures, including those for complaints, may be obtained online at American Dental Association (ADA); in writing at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; or by calling (800) 621-8099.

NC Dental Board

CODA - A-B Tech Admissions Programs Technical Standards

Con Ed Dental Radiology Class

Dental Radiology Night Class is offered in May or June each year. Contact the Continuing Education Department for registration, dates, and more information. For More Information call, (828) 398-7934 OR Visit WebAdvisor and navigate to Continuing Education Students

Programs

Title Credential Credit Hours Link to program details
Dental Assisting Diploma Diploma 46 ‌‌

Good to Know

Jean Overcash, RDH, BSDH
Allied Dental Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator
Phone: (828) 398-7255
Fax: (828) 236-0684 (fax)
Email: dental@abtech.edu

  • Mrs. Overcash holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Tisha Anderson, CDA, BHS
Dental Assisting Chair
Phone: (828) 398-7256
Email: tanderson@abtech.edu

  • Ms. Anderson holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from A-B Tech, DANB Certified Dental Assistant, Bachelor in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University.

Paula Covert, CDA, RDH, MS
Instructor
Phone: (828) 398-7239
Email: paulaecovert@abtech.edu

  • Mrs. Covert holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from Ontario Business College, A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Lake Superior College, Bachelor in Dental Hygiene, and Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
  • Dr. Callan White, General Dentist (Buncombe), 2015-2021
  • Dr. Keith Black, Orthodontist (Buncombe), 2018-2021
  • Rosalyn Wasserman, CE Planner at MAHEC, Unlimited
  • Susan Riddle, Eblen Charities, Unlimited
  • Shannon Igleheart, Patterson Dental Co., Unlimited
  • Sarah Merrill CDA, Pediatric Dentistry, 2012-2021
  • Megan Stone RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Tracey Barnes RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Chelsea Tolley CDA, Zoe Dental, 2018-2021
  • Brooke Hensley, CDA, 2019-2021
  • Dr. Callan White, General Dentist (Buncombe), 2015-2021
  • Dr. Keith Black, Orthodontist (Buncombe), 2018-2021
  • Rosalyn Wasserman, CE Planner at MAHEC, Unlimited
  • Susan Riddle, Eblen Charities, Unlimited
  • Shannon Igleheart, Patterson Dental Co., Unlimited
  • Sarah Merrill CDA, Pediatric Dentistry, 2012-2021
  • Megan Stone RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Tracey Barnes RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Chelsea Tolley CDA, Zoe Dental, 2018-2021
  • Brooke Hensley, CDA, 2019-2021

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029,  faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

2020 Median Pay:
$41,180 per year
$19.80 per hour

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)