Dental Assisting Program

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Dental Assistants aid dentists during patient examinations and treatment. Duties may include preparing the patient for treatment, providing the dentist with proper instruments during treatment procedures, exposing radiographs, making sure all instruments are sterilized and disinfected, and helping in the day-to-day management of the office. Dental Assistants are also able to schedule appointments, assist with billing and payment, maintain patient records, and instruct patients in proper oral hygiene. The course stresses office assisting skills, dental sciences, clinical procedures, and dental radiography. 

This program is accredited by American Medical Technologists (AMT). On completion of the program, students will create an AMT account and schedule their final written exam which is administered by Pearson Vue. The examination fee, $120.00, is included in the tuition. The AMT Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam may serve as a final exam. 

A digital certificate of completion will be issued into Complio after the student attempts the AMT Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam. A physical certificate of completion may be picked up at the Continuing Education office.   


Want to know the Dental Assisting Career Outlook?

United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Dental Assistant 


Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Course Information: Enrolling Now!

Course Information:

  • Duration: 23 Weeks 
  • Class size: 10 Min/15 Max
  • Cost: $3,200 ($120 AMT RPT Exam Fee Included)
  • Hours: 108 Classroom Hours & Skills Lab Hours; 96 Clinical Externship hours; there is an online component to this course
  • AMT Recognized
  • Adult Fall Evening Classes: 
    • August 23rd, 2021 - February 25th, 2022  
      • Classroom - M W 6pm-9:30pm
      • Clinical Externship/Skills Lab - M T W TH F 8am-5pm (February 7th, 2022 - February 25th, 2022)
  • Duration: 23 Weeks 
  • Class size: 10 Min/15 Max
  • Cost: $3,200 ($120 AMT RPT Exam Fee Included)
  • Hours: 108 Classroom Hours & Skills Lab Hours; 96 Clinical Externship hours; there is an online component to this course
  • AMT Recognized
  • Adult Fall 2 Evening Classes: 
    • October 18th, 2021 - March 9th, 2022 
      • Classroom - T TH 6pm-9:30pm
      • Clinical Externship/Skills Lab - M T W TH F 8am-5pm (March 21st, 2022 - April 8th, 2022)
  • Duration: 23 Weeks 
  • Class size: 10 Min/15 Max
  • Cost: $3,200 ($120 AMT RPT Exam Fee Included)
  • Hours: 108 Classroom Hours & Skills Lab Hours; 96 Clinical Externship hours; there is an online component to this course
  • AMT Recognized
  • Adult Spring Evening Classes: 
    • August 23rd, 2021 - February 25th, 2022 (M W only)
    • October 18th, 2021 - March 9th, 2022 (T TH only)
    • March 21st, 2022 - July 7th, 2022 (M W only) 
      • Classroom - M W 6pm-9:30pm
      • Clinical Externship/Skills Lab - M T W TH F 8am-5pm (July 7th, 2022 - July 29th, 2022)

What do I need to register?

In response to COVID-19, the Health Careers Pre-Registration process has been moved to a Document Tracking Service called COMPLIO! Once you upload your documents, you will have access to them through Complio for a lifetime! The Certificate of Completion will also be accessible through this system when the students have completed a Health Careers program. This pre-registration service will cost $95 for Odessa residents and $107 for students in Extension Sites. This cost for the Bundle includes the required Background Check and Drug Screen costs. Please ensure you have all of the items listed on the Checklist prior to purchase. Also, be mindful that the drug screen order will expire within 30 days of creating an account. Please review COMPLIO's non-refundable policy prior to purchase. You will need to submit the following documentation:


I am Compliant with COMPLIO and have met all the enrollment requirements. What’s next?

Call the Continuing Education Department at 432-335-6580 to enroll AFTER you have received an email from COMPLIO stating you are “Compliant” and have met the registration requirements. Our team will verify your compliance and enroll you in a Health Careers course.

Within 48 hours of enrolling tuition or payment plan must be initiated. Please use the link below to start your program payment plan. Out team can also accept payment over the phone with a credit card at 432-335-6580.

Payment Plan Link


What do I need prior to the first day of class?

Our programs require students to wear Galaxy Blue scrubs to class and clinical. Students will need to purchase at least one set but additional scrubs sets may be needed. Additionally, you will need a textbook for class which can be reserved and purchased through the Odessa College Bookstore 432-335-6655.  Students need to access their Blackboard account.



 

Dental Assisting Schedule


 


Disclaimers:

*Offerings are subject to restrictions and/or guidelines issued by local, state, and national government entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or other declared emergency. Classes, courses, and/or programs may be postponed or cancelled as Odessa College determines necessary to remain in compliance with such restrictions or guidelines.