Dental Assistant

Information Session

On campus in Glen Ellyn
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127
Dec. 1, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m.

On campus in Glen Ellyn
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127:
Jan. 4, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.

Gain the skills needed for a rewarding career as a dental assistant. The Dental Assistant program at College of DuPage prepares students to take on significant responsibility as a member of a dental health care team.

The Dental Assistant program is a 240-hour course of study, including 120 hours classroom instruction and 120 hours externship. Classroom instruction covers dental office procedures, delivering dental care, anesthesia and pain control, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), and review of dental specialties.

Hands-on experience is an essential part of training for any specialty of health care, especially dental medicine. In this program, you will have the opportunity to complete an externship of 120 hours of hands-on training in a dental clinic or office (facility subject to availability). Please note that externships most often take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to graduate. Externship dates will be given in the beginning of class to ensure ample time to inform employers of your training, if needed, as time off from work may be required depending on your schedule.

The College of DuPage has partnered with MK Education to offer healthcare programs for more than 10 years.


The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent. Employment in this field is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Up to 25 percent growth is projected, and the BLS predicts that it will be the third fastest growing occupation for which a degree is not required.

Salaries will vary depending on hours, certification, experience and location, but may range between $24,220 and $48,350.

A career as a dental assistant offers many challenges and a stimulating work environment. Responsibilities may include assisting with direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions and performing office management tasks. Being a dental assistant offers flexible hours, excellent working conditions and personal satisfaction.


This program is on the COD approved list for the Workforce Investment Act.


Upcoming Courses


Dental Assistant Program 

It only takes one semester to prepare for an interesting career as a dental assistant. Procedures and lab techniques learned include preliminary examination procedures, taking impressions, assisting at chair side with dentists, charting, appointment scheduling, keeping patient records and sterilizing equipment. Comprehensive training includes meeting twice a week in class, and once a week in our state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic/lab. In addition, students are scheduled for 120 hours of work in a dental office or clinic. Training hours: 240

Jan. 12 to April 30, 2016
Tuesday and Wednesday, On campus in Glen Ellyn
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., On campus in Glen Ellyn,
Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1108/1122

HLTHS-0050-001, $2,999 (Fee includes textbook and lab materials.)

Externship begins March 14, 2016. Externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Students will need to complete the full externship. Classes do not meet during the externship.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, adequate English (written and verbal skills), no prior criminal background.

Additional skills required: Psychomotor skills (hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe practice of dental assistant duties. Drug testing and a criminal background check may be required for employment.

Coronal Polish and Fissure Sealant

Following the guidelines of the Illinois Dental Practice Act, this course is designed to provide participating dental assistants with the proper background knowledge and clinical experience in coronal polishing to enable them to perform this procedure in a practice setting. The course includes didactic study of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies. The course also focuses on knowledge and skills required to successfully apply sealants in a clinical setting. Topics covered in this course include tooth anatomy and physiology, tooth morphology, sealant contraindications, and the sequence of bonding and sealant placement. A written exam is required for certificate completion. *Participants must agree to act as a patient for coronal polishing. *Each participant must follow OSHA guidelines for infection control and use of clinical Personal Protective Equipment (mask, gloves, eye-wear, and clinic gown or lab coat).

Dental Hygiene: Local Anesthetic 2-day Refresher

Local Anesthetic for the Dental Hygienist is a comprehensive overview course that covers the current accepted delivery of local anesthetic administration. As professionals, you will use the knowledge gained from this course to refine and perfect your techniques. Any handouts and learning techniques are presented based on published materials. The guidelines for this course will follow the Illinois Dental Practice Act.

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To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email, or register online.


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Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785


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