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BCC's New Dental Assistant Program

The first Dental Assisting students at Brunswick Community College (BCC) begin classes on Aug. 9, training to fulfill an increased need for quality dental care in the region. The new program, affiliated with East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and other local dental offices, is the only one in the area to offer certification in Dental Assisting I.

"We could not be more excited to offer this program for our students and community," said Joy Roberts, BCC Director of Dental Assisting. "Brunswick County is growing exponentially, increasing the need for dental professionals. Our program prepares students for Dental Assistant I certification in as little as 24 weeks. We're fortunate to have fantastic instructors and look forward to getting started."

Designed to teach students the necessary skills to become a Dental Assistant I in North Carolina, the coursework includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provides students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) exam. Students will complete their practical training at the ECU Community Service Learning Center in Bolivia.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the BCC website at or contact OneStop Student Services in the Administration Building on BCC’s main campus. You can reach them at or (910) 755-7320.


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