What is a Dental Assistant?
The dental assistant is an important member of the
dental health care team. The dental assistant is directly
involved in patient care, such as reducing patient
anxiety, preparing and sterilizing dental instruments;
mixing dental materials; and exchanging instruments
to the dentist at chairside during procedures. Other
duties may include laboratory and office management duties.
The Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP)
provides the required education and clinical experience
in order to be eligible for licensure as a Registered
Dental Assistant (RDA) in New York State as a Certified
Licensed Dental Assistant.
The ADAP student MUST have a high school diploma
or its equivalent and be presently employed as a dental
assistant by a dentist who will act as a preceptor for the
duration of the ADAP program. 3,500 hours experience
Applicants must submit the following for course registration:
- High School diploma or its equivalent
- Presently employed as a dental assistant by a
New York State licensed dentist who will act as a preceptor for the
duration of the ADAP program. Students applying for this program who are employed by a specialty practice must secure a second preceptor in a general practice.
- ADAP Agreement (Employee/Preceptor Agreement ADAP Form)
COST: $1,050 plus the cost of books, licensing exam and licensing application fees.
Spring 2018 Session
Feb. 19 - June 15, 2018
Registration Form - Registration for Spring Session begins Nov. 1, 2017.
Fall 2018 Session
Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Registration Form - Registration for Fall Session begins March 8, 2018.
The Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP) is a registered program with New York State Education Department. To become a licensed Dental Assistant NYS mandates that students take academic courses accepted by NYSED. ADAP is designed specifically for the experienced, unlicensed dental assistant.
This program includes two parts:
- Topic information is presented in an online distance learning format. This format includes 15 modules presented in 15 weeks. This course will provide adequate preparation to take the New York Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA), Radiation Health & Safety (RHS), and Infection Control (ICE) exams. Or a student may sit for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination. These exams are administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a New York State Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).
- In addition students are required to complete 1000 hours of dental assisting work experience that will begin on the first day of class.
*Please note these clinical hours will continue after the last day of classes and must be completed within five years of the start of the program.
Students are required to submit Skill Competency Evaluation Forms (SCEF), Attendance form and receive a receive a grade of 75 or better.
Upon receiving Hudson Valley Community College's Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion, the graduate must take the DANB exams and submit an application to the NYS Office of Professions to become an RDA.
Additional information (these forms do not need to be returned).
Note: A 27-credit online certificate program is available
for students who do not meet the requirements to enroll
in the ADAP program. For further information regarding
the certificate program, contact the Admission’s Office at (518) 629-7309.
Payment and Refund Information
Please note if you are being sponsored by a third party
to participate in this course that due to federal privacy
regulations the college is unable to disclose information
from a student’s education to anyone other than the
student unless a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act) form is on file with the college and the
third party sponsor is so named. For more information
and to download a copy of the FERPA form go to
The following refund policy pertains to this course.
|Prior to start of course
|During first week of class
|During second week of class
|During third week of class
|After third week of class
All requests for a refund must be submitted in writing.
All refunds will be in the form of a check and typically
take 14 to 21 days to be processed. If your registration
was paid by a third party please include in your refund
request who the check should be made payable to.
Are there any computer requirements?
- Meet the computer requirements. You will need access to a computer with an internet connection that meets the minimum system and browser requirements. To test your system for compatibility go to www.hvcc.edu/check and click on Check System & Browser Requirements.
Please be advised that not all of Blackboard's features and functionalities are supported on mobile devices. You still need access to a computer to take an online course.
- Be able to type on the computer to complete papers, emails and online discussions. If you cannot type, we recommend you learn how to type before enrolling in an online course.
- Have proficient reading and writing skills. The majority of communication in online learning courses is done in writing.
- Be comfortable using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. You should be familiar with sending email and using basic functions such as "copy" and "paste."
- Be able to utilize the Hudson Valley Community College WebMail email system for communication with your instructor and class.
- Be able to budget your time and priorities. Online learning courses are NOT self-paced. They follow the semester calendar as far as registration, mid-terms, finals, etc. Homework and other assignments, tests and quizzes are due on a regular basis.
Dental Assisting Links
Judy DiLorenzo, RDH, MA
Department Chair, Dental Hygiene
Ms. DiLorenzo earned her Dental Hygiene degree from
the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. She received
her B.S. at Northeastern University and her M.A. at
SUNY Empire State College. She has been the department
chair since 2000.
Ann Gallerie, RDA, CDA, AS
Ms. Gallerie has experience as a dental assisting educator
at Hudson Valley Community College and is the technical
assistant for the Dental Hygiene Department. Ms.
Gallerie is a graduate of the Dental Assisting Certificate
Program at Hudson Valley. She received her A.S. at
Hudson Valley Community College and is a licensed
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) from the New York
State Education Department. She also holds her national
certification as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) given
by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Gabriele Hamm, RDA, CDA, CDPMA, AS
Ms. Hamm has experience as a dental assisting educator at Hudson Valley Community College, and is the Dental Assisting Program Coordinator for the Dental Hygiene Department.
Ms. Hamm is a graduate of the Dental Assisting
Certificate Program at Westchester Para-professional
School. She received her A.S. at Hudson Valley
Community College and is a licensed Registered Dental
Assistant (RDA) from the New York State Education
Department. She also holds her national certification as
a Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator
(CDPMA) and a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) given
by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).