Can I still work while in the Dental Assisting Program?

The Dental Assisting program curriculum is demanding but achievable for students who have made arrangements and are organized. Students should not attempt to work during the week. Working students often have a hard time keeping grades up. “A” students become “B” students...

How do I get started in the Dental Assisting program?

The Dental Assisting program at College of Western Idaho requires a supplemental application process in addition to completing the College's admission application. Visit the Dental...

How long is the Dental Assisting Program once I get admitted?

The Dental Assisting program is 11 months, beginning in the Fall or Spring Semester, with a maximum of 24 students.

In the Dental Assisting program do students work on real patients?

Dental Assisting program students are required to recruit their own patients. Students will need four adult x-ray patients, people with whom to practice teaching oral hygiene, and patients to place sealants and perform coronal polish on. No charge is made to the volunteer patients, and it is the...

Is a dental assisting career physically demanding?

Dental assistants need to be able to move quickly from room to room and be able to stand or sit in a small area when necessary. Clinical assistants need to be able to work with both hands at the same time during many procedures and have good hand-eye coordination.

Is the dental assisting program accredited?

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association.

Is the Dental Assisting Program full-time? Is it during the day, night, on-line?

The Dental Assisting program is full-time during the spring and fall semesters. Primarily courses are Monday thru Friday, during the day. During the second semester, students are working in dental offices and must follow the hours of each office – usually 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What do I need before I can start attending Dental Assisting classes?

After submitting a completed Dental Assisting Application, you will need to contact Elaine Holmes, Dental Assisting Program Director, for an interview and if accepted into the program, current CPR certification is required prior...

What is the cost of the Dental Assisting Program?

The approximate cost of the Dental Assisting program will be $6,500.00 for two semesters and summer session tuition, two semesters of books $500, and $1,000 supplies (In-District Idaho Residents only).

What Kind of Degree(s) Can I Earn in Dental Assisting?

A Technical Certificate (TC) in Dental Assisting requires you to complete dental and general education courses in three semesters (approximately 11 months). Please see the Dental...

Where is the Dental Assisting program located?

The Dental Assisting program is located at the Ada County Campus Quail Building