Dental Assistant

Dual Credit High School Academy

Brighten up your future in one semester 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.

Requirements: A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses 

*Students must be 18 prior to or during Applied Dental Radiography.

*Students need to have an ACT Composite Score of 19 or a High School GPA of 2.1

*CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course.

Technical Diploma Earned: Dental Assistant 

Spring Course Schedule & Dates: January 3- May 16, 2024

Certificate TitleCreditsCourse Time/Dates
Dental Health Safety1 credit

January 3 |(online) | January 13-20 (Face-to face) 8-3:00 pm 

Dental Chairside5 credit

January 25 -May 17, 2024 | W/Th 8-5 pm

Dental Materials2 credits
January 27 - May 12, 2024 | F 
8-12 am
​Dental & General Anatomy
2 credits​​January 27 - March 16 , 2024 | M/T/Th
8-11 am
​Applied Dental Radiology
2 credits​January 27 - May 12, 2024 | F
1-5 pm

​Dental Assistant Clinical
3 credits​​March 27 - May 18, 2024 | M/T/Th
8 am - 5 pm
​Dental Assistant Professional
​1 credit
​January 23 - May 18, 2024 | Online

Course Description

​​508-101 Dental Health Safety (1 credit)

Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. This course is a WTCS aligned course required in both the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assisting programs.

508-302 Dental Chairside (5 credits)

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. Students will also develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing and flossing techniques, and dental procedures, using lay terminology. Throughout the course, students will apply decoding strategies to the correct use and interpretation of dental terminology.

508-303 Dental Materials (2 credits)

Prepares dental auxiliary students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. They also learn to take alginate impressions and clean removable appliances.

508-304 Dental & General Anatomy (2 credits)

Prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making and to professional communication with colleagues and patients.

508-305 Applied Dental Radiology (2 credits)

Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient.

508-306 Dental Assistant Clinical (3 credits)

Students apply skills developed in Dental and General Anatomy, Dental Health Safety, Dental Chairside, Dental Materials, Dental Radiography, and Professionalism in a clinical setting with patients. Emphasizes integration of core abilities and basic occupational skills.

508-307 Dental Assistant Professional (1 credit)

Prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or another dental health care environment. Students develop professional appearance and image. More importantly, they learn to work within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks. In preparation for entering the work force, dental assistants customize or develop their portfolios and lay out an on-going professional development plan.

Just the Facts

Spring 2024
16 Credit High School Academy

Registration Status //

Academy Dates //
January 3 - May 16, 2024High School Academies follow all scheduled CVTC breaks.

Days of Week //
Mon - Fri

Times //
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Classroom Location //
CVTC Health Education Center

Clinical Days //

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