Dental Assisting Students Creating a MoldThe Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provides students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Course Descriptions


The Dental Assisting Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: (800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-4653

Website: CODA

Dental Assistants are called upon to assist in the delivery of care by performing tasks such as instrument exchange, oral evacuation, mixing materials, taking impressions, and pouring them into models, taking and developing radiographs, and placing sealants. Dental Assistants also make and cement temporary crowns and bridges, triage emergency patients and initial exam patients, and work in the capacity of the business office personnel.

Other career options for dental assistants include:
– Dental office manager
– Educator
– Dental product sales

Employment Outlook

A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Dental Assisting program.

Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies and equipment, and any additional program requirements.

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Competitive Points

As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet outlines all the possible points a prospective student can earn.

Competitive Points Worksheet
Tuition & Books $4,800.00
Uniforms & Supplies $350.00
ICE $250.00
Malpractice Insurance $14.00
ADAA Membership Dues $35.00
RHS $250.00
GC $250.00
Graduation Fee $25.00
Total Cost (Estimate subject to change without notice) $5,974.00

No associate degree currently available.

Dental Assisting Diploma (D45240)

Length: 3 Semesters
Prerequisite: DMA 030, 1Unit Biology, Placement Test Credit Equivalent
Award: Diploma

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No certificate programs currently available.