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Dental Assisting

Career & Technical Certificate

Modes of Instruction

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Possible careers: Most Dental Assistants work in dental offices for private or group practices. Additional opportunities are available in dental schools, public health departments, hospitals, prisons, military installations, and community clinics. Dental Assisting can lead to other educational advancements in the field of dentistry including dental hygiene, dental lab technician, or dentistry.

At the completion of the assisting program certificate you will be ready to confidently step into the dental profession. Students will sit for the Dental Assisting National Board and after successful completion of the exam, earn the title of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Becoming a CDA will permit the CDA to perform expanded functions designated by the Dental Practice Act. A Felony conviction could affect an applicant’s ability to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board.

Students admitted to the dental assisting program are required to attend an orientation before dental assisting classes begin. A letter will be sent by the program Coordinator with the date, location and time of the meeting.

To apply to the College, please click the Apply button below. To apply to this program, scroll to the bottom of the page and under “Additional Information”, choose the Allied Health Applications link.


Program Details


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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