Dental Assistant


New! Coming 2023 Winter Quarter

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students to enter the healthcare workforce as Dental Assistants who are competent in the provision of safe, ethical and effective care, as well as a valuable team member for the front office.

The program features modern equipment and highly skilled faculty and staff. Students learn to utilize current technology and techniques to facilitate the learning of dental assisting skills in our full-service dental clinic.

Graduates have excellent job placement rates, with many students having jobs before graduation in pediatric dentistry, periodontics, preventive dentistry, community and non-profit clinics, and education and research sectors. The program offers online course work and hands-on patient experiences one day a week beginning in 2023 Winter and Summer quarters. Pre-arranged clinical externships will provide private practice and community clinic experiences.

Dental Assistant Program Highlights

  • Full-service dental clinic that is open to the public and provides students with ample opportunity to work with patients in a clinical setting
  • Students participate in prearranged externships within the community
  • Students are knowledgeable with general dental procedures and restorative materials
  • Curriculum prepares students to become a Registered Dental Assistant in Washington state
  • Provides students with high quality didactic and clinical education in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills of Dental Assisting
  • Program credits are transferrable to LWTech’s Health Sciences Associates of Applied Science Transfer degree

Additional Dental Assisting Program Information

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

Students entering the Dental Assistant program will be required to attend the program orientation (see the Program Orientation tab below for more information). 

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Accepted candidates are required to have a physical and eye exam, as well as provide proof of immunizations. Accepted candidates are required to provide proof of immunizations.

Immunization   Requirement  Documentation Needed  
Hepatitis B 3 dose series within the last 10 years OR positive titer showing immunity Lab results
Tuberculin test 2-step tuberculin test OR QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) showing no active TB (must be done before entering the program) Two negative test or lab results [Note: TB test is positive, it is necessary to have a chest x-ray and a TB Assessment signed by a healthcare provider]
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Positive titer showing immunity Lab results
Varicella (chickenpox) Positive titer showing immunity Lab results
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis 1-dose within the last two years or TD within 10 years Vaccine record
COVID vaccination Must have full vaccination (2 weeks past final 1 or 2-dose series) before beginning the program Vaccine record (boosters may be required every 6 months)

Additional documentation may be required for Dental Assistants students to participate in clinical settings. Documentation may include but is not limited to:

  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Verification of Immunizations
  • Background check
  • Drug Screening
  • First aid/CPR for healthcare provider’s card 

Students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program are required to attend the program orientation to go over policies and procedures regarding physical exam, vision exam, immunizations, and other requirements related to being a healthcare provider.

Dental Assistant Program Orientation Dates

Orientation for Winter Quarter 2023

  • Date: January 6, 2023
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Location: East Building, E114

Orientation for Summer Quarter 2023

  • Date: June 30, 2023
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Location: East Building, E114

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