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On campus 1 day per week

To help balance life and school, you’ll take most of your courses at home through virtual instruction and come to campus for labs once a week.

November 8, 2021
Next Start Date

9 Months

Licensure Preparation

Career Summary

As a dental assistant, you’ll have the chance to put patients at ease and bring out their confidence by giving them a healthy smile. You’ll be responsible for essential tasks such as patient care, taking X-rays, recordkeeping, and scheduling appointments. Want to learn more about this career? Check out these frequently asked questions about dental assisting careers.

2020 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*


Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $28,940 or less

2020-30 projected growth*


New Jobs

+11% Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited September 8, 2021).

Program Highlights

This program covers preventive dentistry, nutrition, dental health, restorative dentistry, dental sciences, dental radiography, and dental specialties such as endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery. As a student, you will prepare for relevant credentialing where applicable.

The hands-on training you’ll receive at Altierus equips you to work a recognized dental assistant.

  • 9-month diploma program
  • 1 day per week on campus + online coursework
  • 54 credits
  • 320 classroom hours + 320 lab hours
  • 200-hour externship

You’ll get the feel of what it’s like to work in a real dental office as you practice hands-on training for a career as a dental assistant. Train with modern tools and technology in a lab that simulates working in a functioning dental office and clinic.

Lab equipment includes professional tools such as:

  • Digital x-ray machines
  • Autoclaves
  • Dental typodont kit
  • Dental vacuum forming machine

Course software includes:

  • Dentrix Ascend

The thought of paying for school can feel overwhelming. Institutional grants and scholarships can be a great way to reduce your student loan debt and relieve some of the financial burden. You can see if you qualify through financial aid counseling at no additional cost including:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on scholarships and grants

The Altierus Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by ECMC Education — who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.

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Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning. This is to help make going to school work with your busy schedule. Typically, you will spend 1 day on campus per week, where you can practice hands-on skills and ask your instructor questions. Complete the rest of your coursework online at home, at your own pace, and on your own time.

All-Inclusive Tuition Has You Covered

As a dental assisting student, you’ll receive a laptop to help you with online coursework, which is yours to keep after graduating. All-inclusive tuition covers your books, backpack, school scrubs, and dental typodont kit—a working model of the jaw and teeth you’ll use to learn about dental procedures and treatments.

Professional Skills Development

Your coursework integrates professional skills development into this program so you’ll have the soft skills employers look for. You’ll gain proficiency in communication, interpersonal skills, self-management, emotional intelligence, and career-building competencies. We’ll also help you prepare for credentials if required by your state, which can help you stand out in your job search.

What You'll Learn

  • Process exposed radiographs
  • Create impressions and construct study casts and construct master casts
  • Support dental procedures and aid patients
  • Perform CPR and handle office emergencies

Sample Courses

  • Preventive Dentistry, Nutrition, Periodontics and Pedodontics
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Pharmacology
  • Prosthodontics and Dental Materials
  • Anatomy, Endodontics and Orthodontics
  • Dental Radiography

This module covers the specialty area of periodontics with an emphasis in preventive dentistry and nutrition. Diet and nutrition will be discussed highlighting on how it is related to dental caries and periodontal disease with attention to patient education.

This module introduces you to chair-side assisting duties and techniques practiced in general dentistry with emphasis on four-handed dentistry during restorative procedures. You’ll practice required skills such as dental dam placement, placement, wedging and removal of Tofflemire retainers.

In this module the area of the dental sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a specialty and dental pharmacology are studied. Theory and common clinical procedures of the specialty in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are presented and demonstrated on dental manikins.

This module covers the specialty area of prosthodontics in conjunction with dental materials. Prosthodontics will focus on fixed and removable prosthodontics including dental implants and latest advances in technology related to prosthodontics such as CAD/CAM.

In this module the body systems, head and neck anatomy, physiology and the dental specialties of Endodontics and Orthodontics are studied. The dental specialties of Endodontics and Orthodontics and their scope of practice and educational levels will be introduced.

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic anatomy of the head and teeth in order to be familiarized with the anatomical structures involved in taking successful radiographs. Radiation protection and the hazards of x-ray radiation are covered.

Dental Assistant Students Get Hands-On Training at Altierus

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

FL - Tampa

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Tampa Program Disclosures.

GA - Atlanta

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TX - Houston

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