Dental Assisting (DA)

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Measurable skills gain

Method of Delivery

In Person

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Dental Assisting/Assistant. 510601


The Dental Assistant program is 10-months or 940-clock hours which includes 640 clock hours of lecture/lab and a 300-clock hour externship. The 10-month program is set up with 8 modules. Each module is 5 weeks. The final component of the program consists of the 300-clock hour externship which will be coordinated by the Program Manager.

The professional Dental Assistant works in various settings to assist the dentist in the treatment area with responsibilities that include but are not limited to seating and preparing for patients; charting; instituting infection control procedures; mixing and passing dental materials; assisting the dentist during procedures; ensuring patient comfort; exposing and processing radiographs; pouring and trimming models, as well as performing other laboratory procedures; providing patient education; providing postoperative instructions to patients; overseeing inventory control and ordering dental supplies; ensuring compliance with regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Our Dental Assistant program will provide students with the real-world didactic and clinical skills that are essential to working in modern dental offices. An applied learning approach to the DA curriculum is threaded throughout each module to help students further develop the tactile and critical thinking skills necessary to effectively support the dentist in any dental setting. Students will learn the leading skills of modern clinical dental assisting armed with chairside and expanded function dental assisting knowledge gained in the classroom and the dental laboratory.

Students will complete the course with the clinical, technical, and professional skills they need to be successful in any dental practice. Upon completion of the ten (10) month program and 300-hour externship, students will have the professional, clinical knowledge, and proficiency required of a dental assisting professional.

Upon completion of the Dental Assistant program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Dental Assisting and will be eligible to take the ICE (infection control) and RHS (radiation health and safety) national exams to begin the pathway to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). These exams will be taken with the National Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). After working in the dental field for 3,500 hours, the final exam component GC (general chairside assisting) will be taken and upon successfully passing all exams, the CDA will be issued through DANB.

Admission Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Valid State IDs/SSN

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Admissions Interview/Complete Admission Package

  • Negative TB test result - (Skin test, Chest X-Ray)

  • Hepatitis B Vaccination

  • Negative COVID-19 test result or COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card

  • Plain black scrub set

  • $100 registration fee to hold your spot – Non-refundable


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent


Mid-America College of Health Sciences

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)

10000 W. 75th Street, Suite 241

Local WIB

3 - Workforce Investment Area III

Name of Credential

Diploma of Dental Assisting

Type of financial aid offered or have access to


Refund Policy

Mid-America College of Health Sciences shall implement the refund policy stipulated under Kansas Board of Regents K.A.R 88-28-2(a) (9) guidelines.

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - ABHES in progress

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)


In-State/District Tuition


Out-of-State/District Tuition


Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)


Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

31-9091.00Dental Assistants
$20.00 per hour

Provider Status



10000 W. 75th Street, Suite 241, Building A, Merriam, Kansas 66204

Phone Number

(913) 708-8323

Web Address

Last Updated

May 28, 2022


Oct 21, 2019


Oct 25, 2020