This program provides the educational environment and experiences to prepare for employment as a dental assistant. The program graduate has the knowledge and skills necessary to assist during the delivery of dental care, perform supportive treatment procedures and basic business office tasks. Graduates may take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Students may request consideration for advanced placement by submitting an official transcript of coursework. This program does not offer credit for experiential learning.
This is a course approved by the Kansas Dental Board, designed for experienced dental assistants to expand their skills in preventive dentistry with didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in supragingival scaling and polishing. Includes review of dental anatomy and terminology, radiography and infection control, as well as didactic instruction in nutrition, periodontal disease, dental caries, oral hygiene instruction, topical fluoride, principles of instrumentation, communication skills and risk management. Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited dental assistant program and CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and six months of experience as a dental assistant or three years employment as a dental assistant within the last five years or departmental consent or satisfactory course placement assessment
Choose from an Associate of Applied Science, typically a 2-year program or a Technical Certificate, which is usually completed in a year or less. A Certificate of Completion option is also available to learn one specialized technique or discipline. Click the links below for course information, costs, average earning, placement rates and additional program information.
|Degree and Certificate Options|
|Associate of Applied Science, Dental Assistant||62 Credit Hours|
|Technical Certificate, Dental Assistant||37 Credit Hours|
|Certificate of Completion, Supragingival Scaling||5 Credit Hours|
Admission Requirements & Additional Information
|4501 E. 47th Street South, Wichita, KS 67210|
|To get started, new students may contact:Ebony Edmondson
|Current students may contact:Jeff Hagans
WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 • Chicago, IL 60604
www.ncahlc.org • 800.621.7440
Students interested in this program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
Program Integrity – Gainful Employment
In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.
The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation supports WATC’s Dental Assistant program with grant funds used to purchase up-to-date equipment and scholarship opportunities for students. Students interested in a scholarship should contact Rachael Wiebe at email@example.com.