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Dental Assistant Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315081

As a dental assistant, you work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. You may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical, and office duties such as patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. While dental assistants typically work in general or specialty dental offices, you may also choose to work for insurance companies, dental lab studios, or dental supply companies. You may also find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration, US Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county, or city health facility. Students have the opportunity to achieve certification as a dental assistant by passing the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB). The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Employment Potential

The program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental assistants may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical, and office duties, such as patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. Dental assistants typically work in general or specialty dental offices. Some dental assistants may work for insurance companies, dental lab studios, or dental supply companies. The dental assistant may also find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration, US Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county, or city health facility.

  • Graduates may find employment as a:
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Dental Laboratory Assistant
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Maxillofacial Dental Assistant
  • Endodontic Dental Assistant
  • Prosthodontic Dental Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Practice Manager
  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Orthodontic Dental Assistant
  • Pediatric Dental Assistant
  • Periodontic Dental Assistant
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • Submit the following:
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Complete these prerequisite requirements (unless already completed):
  • Caregiver background check and vaccine records.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.

Suggested Skills for Success

  • Students are expected to have entry-level computer and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Program Availability

A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Dental Assistant technical diploma in the number of semesters shown. Start dates for the first semester are June and September.
First Semester
Semester Total
8
Second Semester
Semester Total
14
Third Semester
Semester Total
12
Total Credits
34

Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 31-508-XXX and 10-508-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team.

The following courses will transfer into the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree program: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 10-508-103, Dental Radiography Application; 10-508-113, Dental Materials; 10-508-120, Dental Office Management

The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Collect diagnostic and treatment data.
  • Manage infection and hazard control.
  • Perform clinical supportive treatments.
  • Take diagnostic radiographs.
  • Perform dental laboratory procedures.
  • Provide patient oral health instruction.
  • Assist in managing medical emergencies.
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
  • Carry out dental office procedures.
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Accreditation

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association-Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Industry Credentials

Graduates will be provided the opportunity to obtain the CDA credential.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase personal protection equipment/clothes and provide their own transportation to the dental office. | Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course during their first semester. | Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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