Dental Assisting

These instructions are for the Pre-Registration Screening for the CNM Dental Assisting Program.

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Below are the requirements for completing the pre-registration screening form for the Dental Assisting Program. Once you submit the form and are approved, you will be given permission to register for the program.


  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Entrance Exam: None


Fall 2019

  • Screening Form Available: May 3, 2019
  • Screening Form Deadline: July 5, 2019

Spring 2020

  • Screening Form Available: August 9, 2019
  • Screening Form Deadline: October 4, 2019

Fall 2020

  • Screening Form Available: TBD
  • Screening Form Deadline: TBD

Forms will open by 9 a.m. (MST) on the Available date.

Forms will close on the deadlines listed at 5 p.m. (MST).

Program Information

  • Seats available in the program: 24
  • Entrance availability: every Fall and Spring term
  • Average number of approved applicants: 20 (Average is based on a calendar year of screened applicants (Spring 2016 – Fall 2017))
  • More about the program: Dental Assisting program page

Required Coursework

  • ENG 1101: College Writing 3 credit hour(s)
  • DA 1010: Dental Science I 3 credit hour(s)
  • COMM 2221: Interpersonal Communication Studies 3 credit hour(s)
  • HLTH 1001- Clinical Preparation 1 credit hour(s) (starting Fall 2019)

Required courses for the Dental Assisting Program are listed in the catalog.

If you are registered in required courses at CNM you will be considered "in progress." These courses must be on your CNM record with a final grade by the end of the term to be eligible to start the program. Courses also must be "in progress" at CNM.

Classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. If you do not complete these courses successfully you may lose your seat in the program.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Cumulative GPA: The Dental Assisting Program requires an overall GPA of 2.25 on all CNM courses. If you have completed less than 16 credit hours at CNM, cumulative GPAs from all other institutions for which you have submitted transcripts will be averaged into your CNM GPA. More information can be found under Grade Point Average (GPA) under Screening Criteria and Guidelines.

Complete the Following Prior to Screening

  1. Enroll as a CNM student (if you are not already a CNM student). Visit the Registration & Application page.

  2. Receive CNM ID number and CNM email address. Check your email address to make sure it is functioning properly and contact Information Technology Services if you have questions.

  3. If you have attended other colleges/universities, have all transcripts sent to the CNM Records Office and allow time for processing. When evaluation is complete, you will receive an email showing how credits were evaluated.

  4. Check your record in myCNM to make sure the courses (the minimum required courses) are shown with the EXACT course numbers. If you took a similar course that did not transfer over exactly as the CNM required course, complete an Appeal for Re-Evaluation of Arts and Science Credits Form and submit the form to the CNM Records Office. Course documentation must accompany this form as stated. If the request is approved then the transfer coursework will appear on a your CNM transcript, which can be viewed through myCNM.

Once you complete the form, you will be notified of your form status by CNM email and it is your responsibility to check your CNM account regularly. You will be notified of the date, time, and what courses to register for in the program. If you successfully register for the program, classes will begin in the upcoming term.

Attend Compliance Orientation

If you are successfully registered for the Dental Assisting program, you must attend a Mandatory Compliance Orientation prior to starting the program. During this orientation specific information will be given regarding what is required in order to get ready for the clinical portion of this program. You will receive an email from with a deadline and a link to sign up for this orientation. For more information on the compliance requirements for this program please visit our website Office of Verification and Compliance.

Submit the Form

The Pre-Registration Screening Form is not available at this time. Check the deadlines section of this page for more information.