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Dental Assistant

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Degree Type
16-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
Less than 1 year

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus
  • Daytime

Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office and laboratory responsibilities. In this program, learn to use 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.

Please note: Health programs require multiple vaccinations, including flu shots. Deadlines vary by program.

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

If you have an interest in the healthcare field, specifically, the dental field, and have a reassuring chairside manner, a job as a dental assistant may be for you. Those working in this field are professional, pay attention to detail, have strong communication skills and enjoy working on a team.

  • Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant
Technical Standards

The students enrolled in the Dental Assistant program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Dental Assistant program are representative of those found in the Dental Assistant profession.

Review the Dental Assistant Technical Standards.

High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$33,400 – $48,600 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Bloodborne Pathogens

All programs at WCTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout your clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

Clinical Site Compliance

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Life Office.

Review the background check overview.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. As a Dental Assistant student, perform oral health presentations at district grade schools to help educate children on the importance of dental care.
  2. 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.

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