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Dental Assistant program revised 2017

My years of experience with this program have impressed me in that it has consistently produced professional, enthusiastic, well-trained, highly motivated, and caring graduates! Dr. Rita Harding
The knowledge of dentistry and degree of professionalism far exceeds that of any other program! Dr. Richard Ferguson (Former ISDA President)

Annual Application Period Now Open

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2022 program start, now through May 1, 2022. Program application details are below.

As a student in the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Dental Assisting program, you will receive a quality education in a state-of-the-art facility for a career in a growing field where your influence and expertise will positively affect patient lives on a daily basis.

The CWI Dental Assisting program includes classroom and hands-on skills training to support dentists with various types of patient care, office duties, and laboratory work. This training at CWI is accredited nationally through the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Your training will qualify you for examinations to become a Certified Dental Assistant, a certification that is recognized nationally.

The Dental Assisting program at CWI offers you two pathways for your future career as a Dental Assistant:

  • An Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) where you complete a semester of pre-requisites then two semesters of Dental Assisting classes.
  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree where you complete the ITC with an additional summer class and semester of courses, to receive an AAS in addition to the ITC.

Review the Plan of Study for your desired pathway or talk to a Student Success Advisor for details

Career Outlook


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Want to learn more about this program and other healthcare programs at CWI? Join a Healthcare Information Session to learn about the programs, what you can do to prepare for the programs, meet advisors and instructors, and ask questions.

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Pencil Application IconApplication Process and Requirements

Classes beginning Aug. 2022 – Applications are now being accepted through May 1, 2022.

Application Process

  1. Complete CWI Associate Degree or Technical Certificate application and be accepted to CWI.
  2. Verify your prerequisite coursework by:
    • Reviewing the program Plan of Study on the Requirements Tab
    • View Your Progress on my.cwi.edu (Learn How)
  3. Complete the Dental Assisting Application and submit by the due date.

Dental Assisting Program Application

For help or questions regarding the Dental Assisting Program Application, please contact:

Elaine Holmes
elaineholmes@cwi.edu
208.562.2317


Accreditation IconStatement of Accreditation

The Dental Assisting Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) at College of Western Idaho is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
312.440.4653
www.ada.org/coda

Mission

CWI's Dental Assisting Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to succeed as a dental health care professional. As a Nationally accredited program, we promote learning, leading to credentialing in dental assisting.

Additional Opportunities

The Dental Assisting program officially starts once a year in the fall semester. However, there is a “soft start” option for our spring semester. Our “soft start” option allows you to ease into the program by taking DENT 108 while continuing to complete your required general education courses (COMM 101 and/or ENGL 101, GEM 3 [Mathematical Ways of Knowing], & PSYC 101).

We encourage you to submit your Dental Assisting application at any time throughout the year. Once your application packet is reviewed, the Program Director will contact you and discuss your next steps. 

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News and Blogs

Applications are now being accepted for CWI’s healthcare programs.

Members of the College's Dental Assisting program spent Wednesday, Sept. 12, volunteering during the Amen Free Clinic at Expo Idaho!

The CWI Foundation received a $2,000 grant from the John William Jackson Fund.

The CWI Certified Dental Assisting program volunteered to help provide free dental care to 35 women.

For the third consecutive year, students from CWI’s Dental Assisting program helped promote oral health to 500 students at Koelsch Elementary School.

The CWI Dental Assisting Program visited Koelsch Elementary, April 23, in support of the school’s annual Health/Career Fair.