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Dental Assisting

The Kaskaskia College Dental Assisting Program prepares you with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality dental care. As a member of the dental health care team, you are responsible for providing such services as assisting the dentist with operative and surgical procedures, manipulating dental materials, exposing radiographs, treating rooms and patient preparation, and performing office management skills. For information on a rewarding career as a dental assistant, visit the Dental Assisting National Board website. (

KC's program will provide classroom, lab, and clinical instruction to give you a broad background in all aspects of dentistry. Clinical internships are provided by area dental offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in communities throughout KC's district to provide you with the real-world experience you will need to succeed in this rewarding career.

Upon completing the program, you will also earn your certificate for expanded functions, including Coronal Polishing, Sealant Placement, and Monitoring Nitrous Oxide. Our goal is for you to be ready to step into the role of an entry-level Dental Assistant. 

Kaskaskia College Dental Assisting Program 

Dental Assisting Club

KC's Dental Assisting Club was established to promote oral health and education. Students will visit daycares and nursing homes, among other activities designed to encourage good oral hygiene. Club members hold fundraisers to raise money to travel for the purpose of dental education. For more information, contact Professor Lori Schmidt. 

Dental Hygiene

A successful KC Dental Assisting program graduate can apply for the Lewis and Clarke Dental Hygiene Program. To attend the Dental Hygiene program, you must successfully complete a CODA Dental Assisting program.


What Dental Assistants Do


Dental assistants typcial do the following:

  • Ensure patient comfort
  • Prepare area and patient for treatments and proceedures
  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
  • Dry patients' mouth using suction hoses and other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene
  • Process x-rays and complete lab tasks (under the direction of a dentist)
  • Keep accurate records of dental treatments


Important Qualities

Detail-oriented - Dental assistants must follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures when helping dentists treat patients. 

Dexterity - Dental Assistants must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight spaces on a small part of the body, using precise tools and instruments. 

Interpersonal skills - Dental assistants work closely with dentists. They also must be considerate in working with patients who are sensitive to pain or have a fear of undergoing dental treatment.

Organization skills - Dental assistants should have excellent organizational skills. They need to have the correct tools in place for a dentist or dental hygienist to use when treating a patient, and they need to maintain patient schedules and office records. 

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Program Information

Dental Assisting Faculty

Lori Schmidt

Lori Schmidt

Professor Dental Assisting

Contact Us

Lori Schmidt

Professor Dental Assisting

Phone  |  618-545-3320

Location  |  Main Campus

Office  |  Health and Professional Careers, PC 168


Phone  |  618-545-3040

Fax  |  618-545-3393

Location  |  Main Campus

Office  |  Health and Business, HB 100

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