33 Credits | 1 Year
Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
If you’re interested in the fast-growing healthcare profession, a career as a dental assistant may be right for you. Northwood Tech’s Dental Assistant program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. A variety of career paths await graduates including working in general or specialized dental offices, dental laboratories or employment with federal, state or city agencies.
Dental assistants with documented skills also may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical and office duties. Some dental assistants manage the office and are responsible for patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. Most dental assistants work in general or specialized dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. Some dental assistants may choose to work for insurance companies, dental laboratories, or dental supply companies. The dental assistant also may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans Affairs; United States Public Health Services; the Armed Forces; or a state, county or city health facility.
Dental Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Perform a variety of advanced supportive dental procedures
- Manage infection and hazard control
- Produce diagnostic intraoral and extraoral radiographs on a variety of patients
- Perform advanced dental laboratory procedures
- Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
- Perform dental office business procedures
In this nine-month program, you'll apply skills learned in the classroom such as dental and general anatomy, dental health safety, dental chairside, dental materials, dental radiography and professionalism in a clinical setting with patients.
Take theory learned in the classroom and implement the theory by working with real clients.
Northwood Tech's advisory committee makes sure Northwood Tech has the latest technology available for training purposes.
Guest speakers, field trip opportunities and interactions with business experts help establish your professional network.
Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. Northwood Tech's experienced instructors are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help you.
Northwood Tech's continuous networking with business professionals, employers and recent graduates will ensure your courses are up-to-date and applicable for your future career.
Northwood Tech's Dental Assistant graduates are in high demand. According to the most recent graduate survey responses, 100 percent of grads were employed within six months of graduating.
Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has a simple admission process. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Students in the Dental Assistant program may not be eligible to receive full financial aid, due to Department of Education regulations on how credits are recognized. For more information contact your campus Financial Aid Advisor. Please note, this will not impact students who start fall 2023 or later due as the program will undergo minor curriculum changes.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*
33 Credits | 1 Year
$1,200 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Dental Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a technical diploma in Dental Assistant.
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s Web address is: www.ada.org/home-ada/coda.aspx.