SEMPER AD MELIORA - “Always toward better things.”

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Enrollment CLOSED for Summer 2024

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Are you considering a career as a dental assistant?


Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy strives to place the education you need for a transition into the dental field within reach by offering: 

  • Offering online coursework (we even have an app!)
  • Weekend classes - perfect for busy adults
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Interest free payment options
  • Comprehensive, practical curriculum

    Become a dental assistant in 12 weeks!
How do I apply?

Why Choose Us?

While all Dental Assisting programs that are approved by North Carolina regulations offer relatively the same educational course work, what makes DAPA different is this:  Our true desire to see you succeed and make a difference in the dental field.  For some of you, dental assisting will become a passion that grows into a fulfilling career.  For some this will be the first step before continuing your journey into dental hygiene or even becoming a dentist! Whatever your goals are, we are committed to helping you achieve them by investing our years of experience and knowledge to you so that you will be the most prepared for your personal quest in the career of your choice.  The most important step to any journey is THE FIRST STEP and we know that DAPA is just the beginning of your successful future!  

Our motto is Semper Ad Meliora, “Always toward better things.”  It would be a great honor for our team to inspire you toward better things and help you along the way.  

Our Personal Invitation to You

About Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy


Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy is located in the Steele Creek community of Charlotte, North Carolina conveniently serving surrounding areas.   Our in-person instruction takes place in the state-of-the-art premises of Horizon Dental, a working dental practice,  which gives our students a unique hands-on learning experience.  

The academy was founded due to a high demand for qualified, skilled entry-level dental assistants.  Our intention is to provide an elite curriculum that will give you the tools you need to be successful from day one.  The dental field is counting on your success and we look forward to supporting you as you transition from student to colleague. 


More about Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy

What is a Dental Assistant?

The Dental Assistant is a vital part of the dental team.  You can expect to play a big role in the office with skills varying from:

  • Reception and scheduling
  • Executing sanitation and sterilization
  • Capturing X-rays
  • Taking impressions
  • Assisting dentists and hygienists during various dental procedures and surgeries

A good Dental Assistant is a servant at heart and contributes to the function of the office as well as the comfort and care of their patients.  

Does this sound like a good fit for you?  We'd love to have you join our next session to be on your way to a rewarding career! 


Learn More About a Career as a Dental Assistant

Our Course

The Dental Assisting Course will prepare you for a new career in 13 weeks.  We offer online lectures and require only 4 hours per week attendance for clinical lab instruction scheduled on nights and weekends.   You will complete a 40 hour externship in a working dental office before graduation giving you priceless real world experience. 

The faculty at D.A.P.A. are current working professionals in the dental field with the interest of giving you practical information to make you a successful dental assistant.

Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy’s programs are approved and licensed by North Carolina Dental Board as well as North Carolina Community Colleges.

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency

More about the Dental Assisting Course

Speak with our Team! 

We invite you to speak with a member of our faculty!

If you have a question, would like to schedule a tour of the Dental Assisting Preparatory Academy facility or have any other concerns, please use the form provided or you can call us at 980.263.9989

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Are you ready to apply for a coveted seat at our Academy?  

Use the form below to submit your application toward becoming one of our elite graduates. 


Registration Application

Once you have submitted your Registration Application, it will be reviewed by our Admissions team and someone will reach out to you regarding the next steps.