Dental Assistant

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Dental Assistant?

  • High demand for employment.
  • You’ll gain confidence with your new skills while receiving practical training at one of our dental office partners.
  • Full-time program with completion in 6 months.
Dental assistants are important members of any dental team. They perform a variety of tasks, from patient care to office and laboratory duties. A typical day may include greeting and seating patients, preparing and sterilizing the room and instruments for treatment, taking dental radiographs, assisting the dentist with procedures, and giving patients post-treatment care instructions.

Program Locations

Family Health Center of Marshfield
1307 North Saint Joseph Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449

What You'll Learn

In this program, you will learn to use dental equipment, expose and process radiographs, assist with dental emergencies, record medical and dental information, maintain a supply inventory, and perform related dental office and laboratory procedures under the direction and supervision of a dentist.

Students in the program receive practical training on-site with one of our dental office partners. Hands-on experiences include working with dental practice management software and dental equipment and materials. Students will also operate x-ray units and other digital imaging devices to perform radiographs.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,491.25
  • Books: $350.00
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $200.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $3,041.25

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for prorated Financial Aid based on length of program and/or number of credits. Aid may not be enough to cover all program costs. For a limited time, Dental Assistant program costs such as tuition and fees, textbooks, educational supplies, and uniforms will be covered by the state of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Allied Health Professional Education and Training Grant for eligible students.

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31508301 Dental Health Safety 1
  31508302 Dental Chairside 5
  31508303 Dental Materials 2
  31508304 Dental & General Anatomy 2
  31508305 Applied Dental Radiography 2
  31508306 Dental Assistant Clinical 3
  31508307 Dental Assistant Professional 1
  Term Total   16 Credits
  Program Total   16 Credits



  • Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“The instructors are great. They are encouraging and always want to see their students succeed—they’re proud when they see students achieving their goals.”


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