Dental Assistants take impressions, perform X-rays, provide patient education, and are considered to be the "right hand" of the Dentist as a chair side assistant for basic and complicated dental procedures.  Other duties include keeping accurate dental records, billing, scheduling appointments, sterilizing dental instruments, setting up the exam rooms, and provide comfort and reassurance to the patient.  The Dental Assistant may choose to specialize in pediatric or orthodontics. Our program also includes EDDA, which is the expanded duties functions where you will learn to place fillings.

Medical Career & Technical College's  Dental Assistant program is recognized as an approved program with the American Medical Technologists (AMT) allowing its graduates to sit for National Certification as an RDA (Registered Dental Assistant). The College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

In addition to learning chairside operatory, laboratory, and office skills, students will learn the expanded functions of a dental assistant to become an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA).

When a dentist employs any assistant in Kentucky, their name must be reported annually to the Kentucky Dentistry Board and the employee is then considered "registered" on the Registry.  This is NOT the same as being credentialed in the field by passing an academic program followed by national certification testing to become a Registered Dental Assistant.

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Class Modules

Classes are taught in a subject-focused curriculum where the student takes only 1 course at a time and attends just 2 days per week. The classes meet from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on either a Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Wednesday/Friday depending on the class schedule for that term.

Program Length: 36 Weeks
Total Clock Hours: 636

  • Medical Terminology - 84 Clock Hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology - 84 Clock Hours
  • Dental Assistant I - 84 Clock Hours
  • Dental Assistant II - 84 Clock Hours
  • Dental Assistant III - 84 Clock Hours
  • Dental Assistant Externship with EDDA - 216 Clock Hours

Dental Assistant Program Cost

  • Tuition: $11,600
  • Fees Total: $1625
    • Registration Fee, Liability Insurance, Lab/Supply Fees, Graduation Fee, CPR and First Aid Certification, Program Fee
  • Textbooks: Included!
  • Certification Exam: Included!
  • Other Costs not included: Uniforms