As the primary point of contact for patients, dental assistants play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the office. They manage patient records, schedule appointments, take X-rays and imprints, and even help the dentist during procedures. A good dental assistant provides professional and courteous customer care that makes every patient feel comfortable and informed.
What You Will Learn
Prepare yourself for a successful career as a dental assistant in College of Western Idaho's (CWI) online Dental Assistant program, offered through Workforce Development. This self-paced program provides 300 hours of online training paired with 160 clinical hours and can be completed in as little as 12 months.
Training includes how to:
- assist the dentist during dental procedures
- sterilize instruments
- take dental impressions
- manage office records, including billing and paperwork
- greet and care for patients
- schedule and confirm patient appointments
- manage dental records
- instruct patients on proper oral care
A variety of topics including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules and regulations, endodontic procedures, embryology, dental imaging, and more will also be covered.
As clinical opportunities vary across the vast network of available dental organizations, we will work with you to find a good fit. Please note, clinical placement or employment is not guaranteed in your desired area.
Completion of the Dental Assistant program will prepare you for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) component exams and the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) exam. Students with clinical experience will receive a free exam voucher — a $550 value!
Explore additional training opportunities available through CWI's partnership with CareerStep.
Requirements and Costs
Minimum Age Requirement18
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI Workforce Development offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your education and career goals. Have a specific question or just want general assistance? Email: email@example.com or call 208.562.2700 and we’ll be happy to help get you on your way!
Dental assistants work with dentists and dental hygienists to provide care to patients. Most dental assistants work full-time, standard schedules, but part-time work may also be available.
- Assistance with Medications
- Certified Dietary Manager
- Certified Family Home
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Preparation Classes
- Dental Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Hemodialysis Technician
- Living With Alzheimer’s
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Coding and Billing Professional
- Mental Health Technician
- Patient Care Technician
- Pharmacy Technician