Interested in a career in the dental profession? The UAB Dental Assisting Program (DAP) is now accepting applications for our fall 2020 class. DAP students have access to on campus student facilities, student housing, and financial aid. For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Did You Know?

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment within the dental assisting profession will expand
19% from 2016 to 2026,
compared to an average growth rate of 7% for all occupations, with U.S. median pay averaging $18.59 per hour.

Housed within Alabama’s dental school, the UAB’s Dental Assisting Program helps position graduates for careers in oral healthcare.

The yearlong program includes lectures, demonstrations, and rotations within the school and private dental offices where students engage in broad-based clinical experiences, from pediatric dentistry and orthodontics to comprehensive care, hospital dentistry and more. Students assist with a variety of patient procedures and gain valuable knowledge and experience through robust interactions with dental faculty, staff, residents and students.

Upon fulfilling program requirements, graduates receive a certificate of completion issued by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Why Dental Assisting?

Are you a people person? Are you interested in a career in healthcare? Do you want to help people smile? If your answer is yes, a career in dental assisting might be right for you.

The dental assistant is an important member of an oral health team. An assistant’s duties vary from office to office, but most work chairside with dentists. They provide valuable support to the practitioner while making patients feel relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures.

With increasing demand for dental services, the profession is positioned for growth.