Dental Assistant

Technical Diploma

The Dental Assistant (Short-Term) Technical Diploma 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.

program at a Glance

Dental Assistant 16 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo -
  • Medford -
  • Phillips -
  • Spencer -
  • Wittenberg -

Approximate Cost

$2,949 (Tuition: $2746, Books: $203)

Average Starting Salary

$29,554 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

  • Dental Assistant

Course List

To view the amount of credits or descriptions for the courses required within this program please view the course list.

Course List

Additional program Information

CPR Requirement

Current CPR certification is required upon admission to this program. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider.

Criminal Background Check

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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