ACC Expands Dental Assisting Program to UNC Campus

acc at unc logo(June 9, 2022) – The Dental Assisting program at Alamance Community College is expanding its offerings for prospective students who live east of Alamance County by opening a satellite campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill starting in January 2023.

ACC at UNC, as the new cohort is known, will allow students in Alamance Community College’s Dental Assisting program to utilize the Adams School of Dentistry facilities where UNC operates its renowned dentistry school.

By operating this satellite campus, ACC will offer its full Dental Assisting diploma program for students who primarily live in Orange and Durham counties. No dental assisting program currently exists in those counties.

“North Carolina is currently experiencing a severe shortage of dental assistants, and the increased number of graduates, up to 24 per year that this partnership is expected to produce, will have a tremendous impact on alleviating the critical shortage of dental assistants throughout the region,” said David Frazee, Dean of Health and Public Services at ACC.

Students enrolling in this unique UNC cohort will have the choice to complete their general education courses like English and Psychology in the fall semester, either online or in person on the main ACC campus, according to Frazee. Students also have the option to transfer eligible credits from Durham Tech or another college. Accepted students can then begin in-person classes and labs on the UNC campus in January 2023.

“This really is a win for both ACC and UNC students,” says Joanna Roberts, Department Head of Dental Assisting at ACC. “By having ACC students working chairside with UNC School of Dentistry students, UNC students in the School of Dentistry and ACC Dental Assisting students will learn to work together before their careers start, and that’s invaluable experience for both the ACC and UNC students.”

For more information about enrolling in the inaugural class of the new ACC at UNC Dental Assisting cohort, please call Joanna Roberts at: 336-506-4153.