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.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has issued a public request for comments regarding this program. Find out how you can participate.