Dental Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Take on an important role in the healthcare field by becoming a dental assistant. You’ll work closely with patients as you guide them toward good oral health practices. In addition to assisting the dentist as he or she examines and treats patients, you may also have opportunities to work in a dental lab, take x-rays, schedule appointments, and/or manage the office. Our technical diploma curriculum prepares you to enter a private practice for a dentist or group of dentists, or to work with national, state, or local agencies that provide dental services. Chairside skills, dental anatomy, dental radiography, oral hygiene, OSHA standards, and communication skills are all included in the program.

Graduates may become certified by completing an examination by the Dental Assisting National Board.

Program-specific courses are held in the Health Science Center, a shared facility located a few blocks from the La Crosse main campus. Check our maps page for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Dental Assistant

This program will cost about $5,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Dental Assistant 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding7
Employed in Related Occupation5
Employed in Non-related Occupations2
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2938
Median Hourly Wage$13.00 $15.75
Hourly Wage Range$15.00 - $16.50
Median Annual Salary$19,266.00 $30,732.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Dental Assistant; Arcadia Dental, Arcadia, WI
  • Dental Assistant; Kujak Orthodontist, Onalaska, WI
  • Dental Assistant; Welter Family Dentistry, Prairie du Chien, WI
  • Orthodontic Assistant; Unknown
  • Orthodontic Assistant; HG Orthodontics, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Dental Assistant
Dental Office Manager
Chairside Dental Assistant
Dental/Ortho Assistant
Dental Review Coordinator

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Perform a variety of advanced supportive dental procedures
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Produce diagnostic intraoral and extraoral radiographs on a variety of patients
  • Perform advanced dental laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance
  • Perform dental office business procedures

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


ACT: 16


ACT: 17


ACT: 17
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Dental Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program's Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete a Job Shadow at a dental office.  The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

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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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:

Additional Information

Program Contact

Lisa Mikkelson
Program Chair, Dental Assistant

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