Dental Assisting


PINWhat is a dental assistant?

A Dental Assistant functions effectively as an integral member of the dental health team and performs chairside assisting and related office and laboratory procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Dental Assisting program, plan on attending a pre-admission conference or contact the program coordinator at either site.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

An example of workplaces in your local area:

  • Dental offices
  • Schools
  • Public Health Clinics

The range of wages for Dental Assistants is as follows:

  • The national wage range is $15.95 - $18.00 per hour
  • The regional wage range is $14.65 - $15.39 per hour

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take 2 semesters to get a diploma in dental assisting (fall and spring).

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

 There are no associate degrees available for this program.

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


 Dental Assisting | Download the academic plan | G.E.D.I

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

The application deadline for the dental assisting program is March 1. Application Packet

Applications for dental assisting will be submitted to WKCTC and applications for dental hygiene will be submitted to Henderson Community College (HCC).

Submit verification of attendance at a Pre-Admission Conference. The pre-admission conferences are scheduled each month from September to February (December excluded) at both sites at 4:00pm CST in the following locations:
• HCC – Academic Technical Building Room 108
• WKCTC – Anderson Technical Building Room 238
Dates for 2017-2018: September 20, October 18, November 15, January 17, February 21, at 4:00 pm CST
• If you are unable to physically attend one of the scheduled pre-admission conferences, please contact one of the Program Coordinators listed below:
Carrie Hopper- WKCTC site
Dental Assisting Program Coordinator
At 270-534-3412 or
Kim Dean- HCC site
Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator
At 270-831-9707 or

Number of students accepted at each site:
WKCTC:  12 dental assisting | 6 dental hygiene
HCC:  6 dental assisting | 6 dental hygiene

Verification of attendance at a pre-admission conference must be on file. Pre-admission conferences are offered the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to February (excluding December). If you are unable to attend a pre-admission conference, you may contact the program coordinator at either site to schedule a conference.

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Program Coordinator
Carrie Hopper

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements]. 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 WKCTC Dental Assisting program has had a 100% pass rate for the last three years.