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Dental Assistant Program Details

Brighten up your future in less than one year by enrolling in CVTC’s Dental Assistant program. As a dental assistant, you will be a vital part of the dental office.

In the Dental Assistant program, you will learn how to:

  • Assist the dentist in dental procedures.
  • Sterilize and prepare instruments.
  • Manage infection and hazard control following OSHA guidelines.
  • Take impressions, prepare models, and lab work.
  • Assist with general office procedures.
  • Produce diagnostic x-rays with both film and digital sensors.
  • Maintain and update dental charts.
  • Perform coronal polishing
  • Model professional appearance, behaviors, and ethics.

Students will receive a coronal polishing certificate of training. CVTC has a full service dental clinic in which dental assistant students, dental hygiene students and dental students from Marquette School of Dentistry work together in a collaborative learning environment to provide care to patients who lack access to dental care. All dental assistant students rotate through the dental clinic as part of their training as well as complete clinical rotations at local dental offices to gain hands-on experience.

Just the Facts

Dental Assistant
16 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
Less Than One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August and January

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $3,294

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Get a Job

100% of our Dental Assistant graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Dental Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $30,808.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Dental Assistant program.
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  • Dental Health Safety
    Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA standards, and safely manage hazardous materials.
  • Dental Chairside
    Prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology, and restorations and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restoration, and cosmetic restoration.
  • Applied Dental Radiography
    Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extral oral, and occlusal radiographs using both film and digital imaging.


  • Dental Assistant

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Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 4% growth is projected in dental assistant positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Your dental assistant education will help lead to employment opportunities in private offices and clinic settings. As dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks.

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

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