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Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

Create beautiful smiles while making a living as a dental assistant. Gain the technical and interpersonal skills essential for work in a dentist’s office.

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What is Dental Assisting?

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.

What are my career choices?

An example of workplaces in your local area:

  • Dental offices
  • Schools
  • Public Health Clinics

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


Dental Assisting | Download the academic plan

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.

How do I apply for this program?

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

Submit verification of attendance at a Pre-Admission Conference. The pre-admission conferences are scheduled each month from September to February (December excluded) at 3:30pm CST in the WKCTC Anderson Technical Building Room 238:

  • Dates for 2019-2020:
    • September 18, 2019
    • October 16, 2019
    • November 20, 2019
    • January 15, 2020
    • February 19, 2020
    • March 18, 2020

If you are unable to physically attend one of the scheduled pre-admission conferences, please contact:
Carrie Hopper, Dental Assisting Program Coordinator
At 270-534-3412 or

Number of students accepted: 12

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 March (excluding December). If you are unable to attend a pre-admission conference, you may contact the program coordinator to schedule a conference.

Length of Program

The Dental Assisting program is completed in a fall and spring semester.

Additional Resources / Training

Accreditation / 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.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Carrie Hopper
Dental Assisting