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Become a valuable part of a dental team 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 Licensed Dental Assistant or you are a Dental Assistant seeking an expanded functions certificate, Minneapolis College provides the training you need.
- 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 program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: https://www.ada.org/en/coda
The dental assistant program is approved by the MN Board of Dentistry. The Board can be contacted at (612) 617-2250 or at 2829 University Ave SE Suite 450, Minneapolis MN 55414. The Board's web address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Understand the fundamentals of the dental field.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to perform the MN expanded functions.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to expose and evaluate diagnostically acceptable radiographs.
- Demonstrate a knowledge base and skills in chairside procedures.
- The Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate is a one-semester program that will prepare you to work in dental offices and clinics providing support to other credentialed dental personnel and/or office staff.
- The Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate program introduces you to common dental terms, equipment and health/safety issues.
- The Dental Assistant Diploma program will increase your knowledge to work chairside with the dentist and his or her patients, perform a variety of patient cares, provide assistance within the business office and/or complete laboratory duties.
- Dental Assistant coursework includes basic and dental sciences, dental materials, chairside assisting, radiology, Minnesota expanded functions and clinical experience. The goal is to ensure you will be an indispensable member of a dental health team.
- The Dental Assistant program’s classroom, preclinical and clinical experiences will prepare you to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the Licensure and Jurisprudence Examinations offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
- The Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate program provides training in order to provide direct patient care in general or specialty dental offices.
Successful completion of the Dental Assisting Diploma program at Minneapolis College will meet the educational requirements to take the certification examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board and the Licensure Examination offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
If you have further questions about licensure for Dental Assisting, please feel free to reach out to Heidi Aldes, Dean of Enrollment Management.
Career opportunities for dental assistants have been considered excellent in recent years. According to the U.S. Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics,
“Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing dentists to work more efficiently.
As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed. As the large baby-boom population ages and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will lead to continued increases in the need for dental care.”
Potential Job Titles
Chairside Dental Assistant
Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA)
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Dental Office Receptionist
Dental Office Business Manager
Where You Could Work
90% will work in a:
- Public and/or private dental offices
- Single- or multiple-provider dental clinics
- General or specialty dental offices
Additional options could include:
- Dental laboratory
- Dental insurance companies
- Dental supply companies