Program Description

The Dental Assistant (Short-Term) Technical Diploma 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. Graduates receive a technical diploma. Most Dental Assistants work in general or specialized dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. The Dental Assistant also may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, United States Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county or city health facility.

Approximate Cost

Tuition: $3150 , Books: $548

Starting Salary

Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid


Students Enjoy…


Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
40-50 %
at Antigo
40-50 %
at Medford
40-50 %
at Phillips
40-50 %
at Spencer
40-50 %
at Wittenberg

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


  • Candidates must be 18 years of age at the start of the Dental Assistant program.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance
  • Perform basic dental laboratory procedures
  • Produce diagnostic radiographs
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Perform a variety of entry-level supportive dental procedures


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Dental Assistant


The Dental Assistant (Short-Term) Technical Diploma is a 16 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term


Second Term


Third Term


Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Additional Information

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 16 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.