Dental Assistant

It only takes one semester to gain the skills you need for a rewarding career as a dental assistant. The Dental Assistant program offered through College of DuPage Continuing Education offers comprehensive and varied training, composed of both classroom and hands-on activities.

Continuing Education for Dental Assistants

Dental Assistant: 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. A written exam is required for course completion. Students must have more than 1,000 hours of clinical assisting experience to qualify. 

Please note: 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).

Saturday, April 8
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
HLTHS-0005-001, $495
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Dental Hygiene: Local Anesthesia Clinical Course for Dental Hygienists
This four-day course satisfies the State of Illinois requirements allowing dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. Learn the skills and knowledge for safe and effective administration of local anesthesia in dental hygiene practice.  

Please note: Students must agree to receive, as well as administer, injections. Hygienists who are in the first trimester of pregnancy or at medical risk for any other reasons should seek the consent of their primary physician before registering. The guidelines for this course will follow the Illinois Dental Practice Act.

Saturday and Sunday, April 22 to 23 and May 6 to 7
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
HLTHS-0005-003, $999
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Dental Assistant Program Details


Dental Assistant Information Session
Students are required to attend this introduction before registering for the Dental Assistant Course. Topics covered include course logistics, expectations and an overview of dental curriculum. The information
session is free and registration is preferred.
Contact us at (630) 942-2208 for information on the Dental Assisting Information Session. 

Dental Assistant Program
Dental assistants provide quality preventive and corrective dental care under direct supervision of the dentist or dental hygienist.  The dental assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing certain administrative support to the office.  This 240-hour hybrid course prepares you for a job in the field through a variety of teaching methods and externship skills in the lab, and provides the opportunity to practice your skills in the state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic.  Gain real-world experience through a 120-hour externship, while engaging with peers and instructors through an online platform. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 to June 1, 5 to 9 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb. 11 to March 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
HLTHS-0050-001, $2,999
On campus in Glen Ellyn


  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • English proficiency
  • 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.


120 externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Students must have their own transportation and be available between March 27 and May 22 to complete the externship. Classes do not meet on campus during this time.

Please note: Externships most often take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to graduate. Externship dates are given in advance to ensure ample time to make the necessary arrangements to complete this important requirement. 

Tuition and Financial Options

Payment is due at registration. A payment plan is available
This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check with workNet DuPage for eligibility requirements.

Join the wait list to receive information on the next Dental Assistant program! 


Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting may be for you.

The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent. Employment in this field is expected to grow 25% by 2022. Salaries will vary depending on hours, certification, experience and location, but may range between $23,540 and $47,850. 


Register today!

For more detailed program information or to register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

Contact Information

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


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