The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a previously unheard-of disruption in the US and the NC healthcare industry, and medical personnel. The labor market for dental assistants and dental hygienists has tightened significantly, and many dentists in the state are finding it extremely difficult to fill these positions.

Through a grant from the Dogwood Health Trust, the NC Dental Society Foundation awarded scholarships to students enrolled in the Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene programs at three community colleges in Western North Carolina. These scholarships supported 60 students in allied dental programs at recognized community colleges throughout the state as a means of addressing the state’s lack of dental professionals.

Registration is Now Open for All Students for 2022-2023

Dental Hygiene | Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (

Dental Assisting | Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (

For more information and help with registering for courses contact Leronica Casey

Register Today for Dental Assisting Classes at Isothermal College. 

For guidance on how to get set up contact Stacey Jenkins, Program Director 828-395-4440

Registration for Dental Assisting courses at Western Piedmont today.

For more information or help on registering for courses contact Tammy Glover  828-448-3545.