Dental Assistant

16-credit Technical Diploma

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Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office and laboratory responsibilities. They provide chair side assistance as dentists examine and treat patients. They make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment and obtain their dental records. In the Dental Assistant program, learn to use and care for dental equipment, expose and process radiographs, assist with dental emergencies, record medical and dental information, maintain a supply inventory, and perform related dental office and laboratory procedures under the direction and supervision of a dentist.

  • Prepare for jobs such as dental assistant or orthodontic assistant.
  • Select credits earned in the Dental Assistant program will transfer to WCTC's Dental Hygienist program.
  • Involvement with the Dental Assisting Club helps promote the dental-assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities that enhance the delivery of quality dental health care.
  • Dental assistant students perform oral health presentations at district grade schools to help educate children on the importance of dental care. Both the Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene programs hold sealant clinics at district grade schools and Head Start, and they perform dental cleanings for special needs clients at a special needs clinic.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $23,000-$27,000
    • Average Salary: $25,112
    • Median Salary: $24,993
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $24,636
    • Average Hourly Wage: $12.90
    • Three-year Average Salary: $25,914

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 508-101 Dental Health Safety1  
 508-113 Dental Materials2  
 508-302 Dental Chairside5  
 508-304 Dental & General Anatomy2  
 508-305 Applied Dental Radiography2  
 508-306 Dental Assistant Clinical3  
 508-307 Dental Assistant Professional1  
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Diane Turner

Diane Turner

Phone: 262.691.5561

Education

  • BS - Dental Hygiene, Marquette University
  • MS - Health Administration, Cardinal Stritch University

Certifications

  • State of Wisconsin Technical College Certificate

Teaching Philosophy

"As I reflect on my beliefs and values regarding teaching and learning, I find that my teaching philosophy is to initiate a desire in the student to learn and at the same time promote enthusiasm for learning."

Program instructor, Patricia D. Mathie

Patricia D. Mathie

Phone: 262.691.5272

Education

  • BSDH, Marquette University
  • M. Ed., Carroll University

Certifications

  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Licensed to administer local anesthetic
  • Certified-American Heart Association CPR: Healthcare provider

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to create a learning environment in which the adult learner can reach educational potential and personal goals."