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Dental Assistant

Technical Diploma - 33 Credits


Academic Advisor: Nicki Flannery
Welcome Center
University Transfer Center - Second Floor
Phone: 715-365-4493 or 800-544-3039, ext. 4493

The Dental Assistant Program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental Assistants with documented skills also may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical and office duties. Some dental assistants manage the office and are responsible for patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. Graduates receive a technical diploma and are eligible to write the certification examination of the Dental Assisting National Board after completing 3,500 hours of dental assistance work experience. Most dental assistants work in general or specialized dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. Some dental assistants may choose to work for insurance companies, dental laboratories, or dental supply companies. The dental assistant also may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans' Administration, United States Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county or city health facility.

The Dental Assistant program is a non-accredited program.

It is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Program Outcomes

  1. Perform a variety of entry-level supportive dental procedures.
  2. Manage infection and hazard control.
  3. Produce diagnostic intraoral and extraoral radiographs on a variety of patients.
  4. Perform advanced dental laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance.
  6. Perform dental office business procedures.


Possible Careers

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Dental Practice Manager
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dental Insurance Claims Processor
  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Specialty Assistant



  • Third-Party Policy Posting (PDF)
  • The Dental Assistant program will be applying for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611. The Commission's web address is:
    Once accreditation of the program has been granted, Nicolet graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Until accreditation of the program is obtained, Nicolet graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam after two years of full-time employment (3500 hours of approved DANB work experience) or four years of part-time employment.

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The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

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