Dental Assistant

dentist working on patient with dental assistant
  • The Dental Office Support Personnel certificate is the only entry into the dental assistant career field—and the only program of its kind in Minnesota.
  • The program’s classroom, preclinical and clinical experiences prepare students to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board and the Licensure Examination offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA), and approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry.

Program Description

Become a valuable part of a dental office with Minneapolis College’s accredited Dental Assistant Program. Whether you are new to the field, currently work in a dental office and want to become a Dental Assistant or you are a Dental Assistant seeking an expanded functions certificate, Minneapolis College provides the training you need.

Program Details

Outcomes

Occupational Outlook

Career opportunities for dental assistants have been considered excellent in recent years. According to the U.S. Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field has been projected to grow steadily through 2018. Long-term prospects are solid, given such factors as the expanding and aging U.S. population, a heightened focus on preventative dental care, and increasing workloads for dentists (which will drive a need to hire assistants to perform routine tasks).

Potential Job Titles

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Licensed Dental Assistant
  • Dental Office Receptionist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician

Where You Could Work

  • Public and/or private dental offices
  • Single- or multiple-provider dental clinics
  • General or specialty dental offices
  • Dental laboratory
  • Dental insurance companies
  • Dental supply companies