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Comprehensive Training and Clinical Excellence for Your Dental Career
Are you drawn to a career in dental health? The Dental Assisting program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is your gateway to becoming a skilled dental professional. Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), this program leads to an Intermediate Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree. You will engage in competency-based classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction, in collaboration with local dental offices. After completing the program, you're eligible for the National Dental Assisting Certification Exam, earning the prestigious title of Certified Dental Assistant.
Your journey includes learning front office management, aseptic techniques, patient care, dental materials, dental radiology, and dental anatomy. Supervised hands-on experiences in clinical settings will build your confidence and proficiency.
Degree or Certificate Type
Associate of Applied Science
Intermediate Technical Certificate
Time to Complete
1 – 2 years
- Hands-On Clinical Experience: Apply theory in real-world dental scenarios, enhancing your practical skills.
- Personalized Training: Benefit from low student-instructor ratios, ensuring focused attention and support.
- Critical Skills Development: Cultivate critical thinking, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills, crucial for dental assistants.
- Externship Opportunities: Partner with local dental offices for externships, gaining valuable work experience.
- Path to National Certification: Prepare for and earn credentials that set you apart in the dental field.
Area of Study
Degrees & Certificates
- Apply to CWI.
- Choose Dental Assisting as your major.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
Are you a 2024 Idaho high school graduate? Learn how to get up to $8,000 of your tuition and fees covered at CWI through Idaho LAUNCH.
Already a student? We are here to help you navigate your educational journey, connect you to academic and support resources, and achieve your academic or career goals.
Plan ahead for a smooth transition to a four-year college or university. CWI has partnered with a number of institutions in Idaho to provide students direct access to transfer assistance and customized benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the total cost of the Dental Assisting program?
Beyond the cost of tuition, classes required in the Dental Assisting program may include special course fees used to pay for supplies and testing. Additionally, students will be required to purchase a dental kit. The cost of this kit is approximately $300.
Costs and fees are approximate and subject to change without notice.2934
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