More Minority Students Enroll and Graduate as Dental Assistants for Underserved People in Northern Manhattan

Program to recruit and train minority residents as dental assistants to serve northern Manhattan's underserved population

Since 1998, the Dental Assistant Training Program at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery has provided disadvantaged, minority residents of northern Manhattan with tuition-free training to become qualified dental assistants. Program graduates are employed as dental assistants in local offices and clinics that serve populations with traditionally poor access to oral health care.

Key Results

  • The graduation rate increased from 68 percent for the first three graduating classes to 95 percent for the August 2004 graduating class, the last of the grant period.

  • The number of students doubled as a result of admitting two classes each year.

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