Dental Assistant

Two dental hygiene students practicing their skills on a practice dummy.

This program requires a general College application and a program-specific application. See below for application steps and important dates.

Delivery: Daytime and blended online classes.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester; Full-Time.

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes: Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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 who 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

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Special Application Required

This program requires special admission. You must apply for general admission first before submitting the special application.

Planning for Your Program

Dental Assisting Student Handbook 2023-2024

    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Ms. Gordon has 22 years of experience as a dental assistant, 15 years as a dental hygienist and 14 plus years of experience as a high school and college dental educator.
    Education: 1) Master’s in Dental Hygiene from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; 2) Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; 3) Diploma in Dental Assisting from Century College
    Rita Gordon
    Faculty/Program Director
    Dental Assisting
  • Kelly Scheurer
    Dental Assisting
  • Nicole Gresczyk
    Dental Assisting
  • Experience: Jackie has been working throughout the Minneapolis dental community since 2008 in various roles including office administration, chairside dental assisting, and dental assisting education. In 2014, she graduated from the Century College Dental Assisting program and returned to the program in 2016 as an educator. She graduated in 2020 with her Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University- Mankato.
    Education: Associates in Dental Assisting, Bachelors in Mass Communications, Masters Degree in Educational Leadership
    Jackie Johnson
    Dental Assisting
  • Julie Kupfer
    Dental Assisting