Dental Assistant Training

At a Glance

Train for a new career!

This course prepares students to take on significant responsibility as a member of the dental health care team. Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in delivery of quality oral health care. A career in dental assisting offers many challenges and a variety of procedures. Specific tasks may be performed such as assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions and performing office management tasks. This program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework. Upon completion, students will be proficient in dental assisting techniques with emphasis on four-handed dentistry utilization of tray setups for specific general practice and procedures.

Upcoming Classes

Fall 2024

Orientation: Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 6-Oct. 24
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
Lab: Fridays, Aug. 9-Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Please note: One week there will be lab on Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m.
Externship: Nov. 4-Dec. 13

Job Outlook


$3,500 (includes books, lab fees and materials)

Additional costs: Scrubs, background check, drug test and/or CPR certification (depends on externship site requirements)


  • This course is not eligible for financial aid; however, payment plans are available.
  • Students using the payment plan option have up to five business days after registration to finalize their payment plans.

Registration Information

Registration is by appointment only. Schedule a registration appointment during open registration, or email to reserve your appointment.

Open Registration for Fall Classes is late April to mid-July.

Open Registration for Spring Classes is mid-October to mid-December.

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View prerequisites below.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Have adequate understanding of basic arithmetic.

Certification is not required in the state of Illinois to become a dental assistant. However, students will be eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant exam through DANB after working 3,500 approved hours in a dental office.

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