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Julie Dokken
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Dental Assisting

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The dental assisting program provides knowledge necessary for the dental assistant to assist in performing dental hygiene, general clinical assisting and support functions, intra-oral clinical procedures, business office procedures and laboratory tasks. The curriculum includes content in general studies; biomedical, dental and clinical sciences; clinical practice; and additional intra-oral clinical functions. Certain biomedical and dental science courses offered in the curriculum will transfer to both dental assisting and dental hygiene majors if you wish to continue your dental education. Graduates are eligible to write the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Dental Assisting Licensure Exam.

Classroom and hands-on training will cover topics including:

  • Dental anatomy
  • Dental radiology
  • Dental pharmacology
  • Biodental science


The demand for dental care continues to grow. Dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists and dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental care. There are more than 200,000 active dental assistants in the U.S. today. The majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists, however career opportunities are available with dental specialists, orthodontists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons. In addition to private practices, dental assistants may seek employment with public health/government clinics, military dental services, dental schools, allied dental education programs, the retail/wholesale dental industry, insurance and consulting companies. There is a great deal of stability and employment security for individuals that are interested in becoming a dental assistant.

Find specific information about careers as a dental assistant.

How to Apply

To enroll in the dental assisting program, students must have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma, apply for admission to NTC, and meet minimum program entry requirements. 

The Dental Assisting Program Requires:

  • Prior to entering the Dental Assistant program, students must successfully complete foundational courses determined by the Accuplacer assessment, or be waived from these courses based on previous academic courses already taken.
  • Achieving and maintaining a grade of “C” or above in all program required courses.
  • Current CPR, AHA Healthcare Provider required to be taken fall semester, or transfer of equivalent course and provide current CPR card.
  • Vaccinations against Hepatitis B or a signed release form, and a Mantoux test.
  • Mandatory attendance at an informational meeting during the first week of fall semester.


The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, (211 E. Chicago Ave.; Chicago, IL 50511; 1-312-440-4653), and approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry (University Park Plaza; 2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 450; Minneapolis, MN 55414; 1-612-617-2250).

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NTC is committed to providing a safe learning environment for learners through compliance with applicable OSHA standards. The following is a written exposure control plan that has been developed to comply with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. NTC Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Exposure Control Plan.

For more information about infection control practices please refer to the CDC website:

The following website gives information about occupational safety and infection control in the dental office:

All credits earned towards the 45-credit Dental Assisting Diploma program may be applied to the 60-credit Dental Assisting AAS. It's easy to begin with diploma and continue on to the AAS.

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