Dental assisting is a rewarding and desirable career today. A respectable salary, a high level of demand, and job security make dental assisting a promising occupation to pursue. Dental assisting can open the door to other occupations within healthcare, such as becoming a dental hygienist.

A Healthcare Provider CPR certification class is included in this course and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) Dental Assisting exam offered through the State of Texas.

About the Program

Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists in a dental office and perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks. The primary role of a dental assistant is assisting the dentist during procedures by providing tools and materials, and by performing dental office-related tasks.

The 100-hours (11 weeks) course prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest-growing health care positions. The course will cover key areas and topics, exposing the student to both classroom and hands-on instruction. The classroom instruction reviews the necessary anatomy, terminology, legal and ethical issues as well as the policy and guidelines necessary to understanding the scope of practice and the practical aspects of Dental Assisting. Topics include instrument identification, equipment maintenance, tooth structure, and oral cavity anatomy, dental anesthesia, sterilization, and charting.

The student will learn the steps necessary to assist the dentist while providing quality dental care within the community. The curriculum includes a review of tooth charting, restorations, bridge implants, bitewing, pantograph, and periapical x-ray, and the mixing of dental cement.


Program Requirements


  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Driver's License

Student must be 18 years of age to test.

Program Cost

The program cost is $1799.

The student will need CPR. The cost is $65 paid by the student.

Application Fee by Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is $39.

Exam Fee is $95.


Scholarships are now being offered for several of our CE programs, including dental assisting.  Students will need to have applications submitted two weeks prior to the first class day. The amount of the scholarship will aid the student up to 25% of the total cost of the programs they choose.


Upcoming Sessions

Carthage Location

June 11 - August 20, 2024
Classes will meet Tuesday.
5 PM - 8:15 PM
W.C. Smith Building #416
Additional online work is required.