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 at either site.
What are my career choices?
An example of workplaces in your local area:
- Dental offices
- Public Health Clinics
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
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.
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 4:00pm CST in the following location:
- WKCTC – Anderson Technical Building Room 238
- Dates for 2018-2019:
- September 19
- October 17
- November 14
- January 16
- February 13
- March 6
If you are unable to physically attend one of the scheduled pre-admission conferences,
Carrie Hopper, Dental Assisting Program Coordinator
At 270-534-3412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of students accepted: 12 – 16
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 at either site to schedule a conference.
Length of Program
The Dental Assisting program is completed in a fall and spring semester.
Additional Resources / Training
- Dental Assistant Application Packet
- Download HIPAA Training Information
- Download Bloodborne Pathogens Training Information
- Visit CastleBranch
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.