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Hybrid Online and In-office Dental Assisting - Path to NYS Licensure (UB-ADAPT)

Prepare for a more successful career as a New York State Licensed Certified Dental Assistant.

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Get New York State Licensed

Through ADAPT, you can be licensed to:
  • Provide patient education
  • Take medical histories and vital signs
  • Place/remove rubber dams
  • Selecting/prefit provisional crowns & ortho bands
  • Remove ortho arch wires and ligature ties
  • Placing/remove matrix bands
  • Take impressions for study/dx casts
  • Remove perio dressings

Learn Basic and Advanced Skills

New Features

• Online / in-office format
• Continuous enrollment
• Lower tuition

With an easy-to-understand approach, the program offers a complete foundation in basic and advanced skills needed to achieve clinical competence.

Content updates include:

  • Electronic health record 
  • Impact of the new health care law 
  • New hazard communication standard

As a complete learning package, the new format includes a companion website with new videos demonstrating key procedures, practice quizzes, interactive games and exercises, and flashcards.

Testing and Grading

Students take module tests online. Tests can be accessed anytime. Students are expected to complete homework/clinical assignments before taking module tests. Students must attain a test score of at least 75% before going on to the next module. 

You must complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours between the date of registration and course completion.

Theoretical Modules

  • Communication and Basic Behavioral Concepts
  • Legal Aspects, Terminology, Record     keeping, Charting, Dental Radiology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Body Structures and Functions
  • Prevention, Nutrition & Patient Education
  • Oral Histology & Embryology 

Clinical Modules

  • Rubber Dam, Matrix Bands and Wedges
  • Dental Radiology
  • Vital signs, Impressions and Study Models
  • Temporary Coverage/Cements
  • Orthodontic Arch Wires, Bands and Ligature ties
  • Remove sutures, periodontal dressing, apply agents
  • Restorative Component

Apply Today

To apply, please complete and submit an application with tuition payment. Once you have been accepted to the program and issued an access code, you may log into Evolve on the Elsevier Learning e-Portal. Clinical exercises and evaluations must be completed in a dental office site under preceptor guidance (by your dentist/employer.)

1. Print out the application form.

2. Send completed form, credit card info or check made payable to UB Foundation to: 

UB School of Dental Medicine
Office of Continuing Education
327 Squire Hall
Buffalo NY 14214-8006

For More Information

For additional information e-mail Sue Camizzi, ADAPT Online Program Coordinator, at camizzi@buffalo.edu.