Originally founded in Georgia in 1987, North Alabama Dental Assisting Program is the oldest and most experienced dental assisting program of its kind in the country. Our program is not only the original and most well-established of its kind in the North Alabama area, but also in the entire country, as it began over 25 years ago. In a short amount of time, students become properly trained and prepared to work side by side with the dentist. Benefits of this program include comprehensive instruction by dental professionals, a small instructor to student ratio, and hands-on training in a practicing dental office.

The school is owned and directed by Dr. Maggie McKelvey and is licensed under the Alabama Community College System. This school is held at 1511 Hwy 31 South, Hartselle, AL 35640.

Faculty Members

Dr. Maggie H McKelvey

Dr. McKelvey is a general dentist who graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2010. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

NADAP has over 10 instructors that rotate teaching on a regular basis. All of these instructors have been in the profession of dentistry for at least one year, with the majority having over 10 years of dental experience.

Program Offered

Certificate Program

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.

North Alabama Dental Assisting Program is a 14-week course, taught only on Fridays, with one or 2 Saturdays if needed.

Classes are held on 10 out of the 14 Fridays from 8-1, and 1-2 Saturdays from 8-1. There is a required 100 minimum hour internship/externship to be done during the week, which is meant to work with the student’s schedule. There are no set days for the intern/externship.