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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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Dental Assistants earn from $21,600 up to $44,900 annually dependent upon experience. Dental Hygienists earn from $43,700 to $84,400 annually in the state of Maryland.


  Financial Assistance is available for this  program 


Dental Assistant    High Demand

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Dental assistants perform different types of patient care, office duties, and laboratory duties. On a typical day, a dental assistant who delivers patient care will: make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain dental records; hand instruments and materials to dentists; sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care; and much more. With further education, students can become Registered Dental Hygienists who clean teeth and examine oral areas.


Dental Assistant
Upon completion of the course and DANB Oral Radiography certification, students are qualified to work as a dental assistant.

Course Class Hours
HTH-8300 Dental Assistant


HTH-8310 Dental Assisting Internship   40

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Other Dental class:

HTH-7380 Oral Radiography


Did you know there are opportunities to advance your career by earning an associate’s degree at CSM?


  Instructors assist students to apply for the Dental Assisting National Board in Oral Radiography to obtain state certification.  

*Offered at CSM, call 301-934-7766 or for more information.

For more information contact:
Kelly Winters, MSN, RN, CPP
Director Healthcare
Alise Jorgensen
Course Manager
Sarah Butler
Administrative Assistant

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

“The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent -- employment in this field is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. It is predicted that it will be the third fastest growing occupation for which a degree isn't required.”

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics