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Dental Assistant

  • Technical Diploma - Less Than One Year
  • Program Code: 30-508-2
  • Not eligible for Financial Aid
Description

Self-directed, motivated, able to anticipate the needs of others, detail oriented, good dexterity, able to work as part of a team, interested in helping people: if that sounds like you, the Dental Assistant Program could be what you're looking for.

This program is a combination of theory and hands-on experiences. You'll gain the knowledge and skills you'll need to

  • assist the dentist in dental procedures.
  • sterilize and prepare instruments.
  • take impressions; prepare models and lab work.
  • assist with general office procedures.
  • learn radiographic (xray) techniques using digital sensors as well as analog or traditional film-based xrays.
  • maintain and update dental charts.

After two years' on-the-job experience, you will be eligible to apply for the certification examination of the Dental Assistant National Board.

Employment is expected to grow 29 percent through 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. You have opportunities!

Courses
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Minimum Program Credits Required - 16
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or lneibauer@cvtc.edu.
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through CertifiedBackground.com. A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

Students must attend a required orientation session prior to entering the core courses. An invitation will be mailed to you.

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable. Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)

Books

The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit www.efollet.com

$653

Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

$35

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.

$3,326