Dental Assisting

Program Overview

The Dental Assisting program will thoroughly prepare each individual with the skills and tools necessary to begin their career in the dental field. The program includes a 150-hour externship opportunity, which can be completed at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry or surrounding dental businesses. The program is designed to provide the clinical and administrative skills needed to enter the dental field or become a Certified Dental Assistant.

What You Will Learn

  • Preventative Dentistry

  • Basic Chair-side Procedures

  • Specialty Chair-side Procedures 

  • Basic Laboratory Skills

  • Advanced Laboratory Skills

  • Radiology

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Dental Office Procedures

  • Job Development


Students have the opportunity to earn the following industry-recognized credentials:  

  • Registered Dental Assistant - American Medical Technologist

  • Dental Assistant Radiographer - Ohio State Dental Board

  • Healthcare Provider Certification (CPR/AED) - American Heart Association


  • OSHA - Bloodborne Pathogens

  • National Career Readiness - ACT

Program Details

Dental Training
Students will complete the dental assisting program in nine (9) months. During the program, students will study dental anatomy, preventative dentistry, radiology, and more. Our goal is to challenge each student to be the most well-rounded candidate possible.

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT) as well as the Dental Assistant Radiographer exam through the Ohio State Dental Board.

Planning a Career in Dentistry 
A career as a dental assistant comes with some unexpected benefits. The versatile work environment will be filled with new challenges on a daily basis, including maintaining patient records and assisting the dentist during procedures and examinations. This keeps every day interesting and continues the education process while working with dentists, surgeons, and other professionals. In combination with hands-on learning, the rewarding feeling of helping others is an advantage that keeps employees motivated. Furthermore, this role is often the start of a lengthy career that includes promotions and job growth. 

Explore the application process to find out how to get started on your next career path. 

Admission Requirements

  • Age 18 or older

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Background Check

Health Record Requirements

Students must provide proof of the following immunizations at their enrollment appointment: 

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - must have received 2 vaccines 

  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Tetanus or Tdap - vaccine must not be older than 10 years or expire during enrollment

  • Hepatitis B: provide proof of a 3-shot vaccination series or titer test indicating immunity

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Students must receive a 1-Step Mantoux Tuberculin skin test. The injection and reading must be documented by the healthcare professional providing the service. If you have tested positive in the past, a chest x-ray needs to be completed with negative results documented by the healthcare professional providing the service. 

ALL TB screening documentation must be submitted to Student Services prior to attending new student orientation.

Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
Students must receive the flu shot and provide proof of the immunization to Student Services by the instructor-provided deadline. This should be completed no earlier than the Fall of the same enrollment year so as to receive the newest available vaccination. 

WorkKeys® Assessment

The WorkKeys® Assessment is administered as part of the registration process. Students will complete the following sections: 

Applied Math - critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving techniques.    

Graphic Literacy - skills needed to locate and use information from charts, diagrams, etc.    

Workplace Documents - ability to understand written text to complete a task.   

Each assessment is scored individually on a possible range of <3 - 7. 

Work Keys link

Students will have an appointment scheduled to complete the WorkKeys® Assessment upon submission of the Adult Learner Registration Form and a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Learn more about how the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessment can work for you.


Required Scores 

Applied Math

Graphic Literacy 

Workplace Documents

Equipment Requirements

All necessary technology is provided to students in each classroom and lab during normal class hours. Students who wish to access school email or Canvas (our learning management system) outside of normal class hours will need access to the internet and a personal device.

Program Cost

Tuition/Fees: $12,136

Cost Per Clock Hour - $13.48 (900 hours)

Books/Supplies: $584

* Costs are subject to change for 2024-25 school year.


Class Starts:  
August 19, 2024

Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 4:45pm
900 hours (9 months)

Clock Hours
900 hours


Fairfield Career Center
3985 Coonpath Road NW
Carroll, OH 43112

Learn about your instructor

Ally Greene headshot

Mrs. Ally Greene, CDA, COA, RDA