College of DuPage offers training for dental professionals in multiple areas of the industry. The college offers professional development courses for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, as well as a Dental Assistant course for those looking to get into the industry. You can also learn more about the Dental Hygiene program at College of DuPage.
Dental Assistant Information Session
Students are required to attend this introduction prior to starting the program 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.
Dental Assistant Program Details
It only takes one semester to gain the skills you need for a rewarding career as a dental assistant. COD's Dental Assistant program offers comprehensive and varied training, composed of both classroom and hands-on activities.
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. 120 externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Students must have their own transportation and be available to complete the externship.
Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 3 to Dec. 12, 5 to 9 p.m., Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1114
Saturday, Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1122
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 4 to May 28, 5 to 9 p.m., Health Science Center (HSC), Room TBA
Saturday, Feb. 8 to March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1122
- 18 years of age
- High school diploma or equivalency
- 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.
Scheduling of Externship
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. Explore financial options for Continuing Education programs.
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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.
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Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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