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About the Program

Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards.

The demand for certified and licensed dental assistants exists with excellent placement, salary and benefits. As a dental assistant, you will participate in a variety of tasks that include chairside assisting, patient education, polishing teeth, taking radiographs, making study models, and preparing business forms. The Dental Assistant program is designed for career opportunities as a dental assistant in private dental offices, HMO clinics, public health institutions, dental supply and insurance companies, military dental services, and dental school clinics. 

Students will: 

  • Provide high-quality patient care in an onsite dental clinic serving the diverse needs of the community
  • Perform a wide range of dental office operations including x-rays, chairside assisting, instrument transfer, and creating teeth impressions
  • Use your dynamic personality to educate adults and children on the importance of oral health

Planning for Your Program

Accreditation

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission of Accreditation. Graduates of the Dental Assistant Program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Dental Assistant State Licensure Exam. Dental Assistant graduates, upon successful completion of the exams, are Certified and Licensed dental assistants.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
www.ada.org

Application Deadline

January 15 for Fall start and August for January start.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit official high school transcripts or GED certificate. All applicants must provide proof of graduation.
  2. ENGL 1020 with a grade of C or higher OR ENGL 1021 with a grade of C or higher, and a Goal 1 Communication course (COMM 1021, COMM 1031, COMM 1041 or COMM 1051) must be completed or in-progress with anticipated completion on or before the program application deadline.
  3. See special application booklet in Admissions, or in the Advising, Counseling and Career Center for more information regarding application process and selection criteria.

Transfer

Dental Assistant

Potential Job Titles

Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistants

Salary Data

Dental Assistants
Average Wage: $21.94/hour
Top Earners: $28.37/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu

Additional Requirements

  1. Minnesota Law requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a MN Human Services background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience. Contact the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and the Minnesota Department of Human Services with any questions.
  2. Current certification in CPR is required by the end of the first semester of Dental Assistant program courses. Certification must cover adults, children and infants. The American Heart Association Health Care Provider, Level C, CPR certification meets this requirement as does EMS 1010 at Century. The Red Cross also offers an equivalent certification.

Policy information

A copy of the program’s policy on hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogens, and infectious diseases is available upon request or by visiting http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html