Dental Assisting

Image of dental assisting student working on young patient
Adults Only

MNTC's Dental Assisting Program prepares to perform a variety of patient, office, and laboratory duties; such as, preparing instruments and materials, updating health and dental records, instructing patients on post-operative and general oral healthcare, organizing materials for restorations, taking preliminary impressions, pouring study models, applying topical anesthetics to tissue, and removing excess cement and sutures. During procedures, they hand dentists instruments and ensure that the operating field is free of excess moisture and other items.

Program Details

Who can attend?

This career program is open to adults.

  • Adults must attend full-time (9:15 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. & 1:15 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.)


Course Name
Pre-Clinical Dental Assisting
Essential Dental Assisting Skills
Chairside Fundamentals
Dental Assisting and Administration
Certification Courses for Oklahoma Expanded Duty Permits
Clinical Practice
Total Class Hours: 1080



Class Times

  • Start Date: August
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • A.M. Hours: 9:15 - 12:25
  • P.M. Hours: 1:15 - 4:10
  • Evening Hours: N/A
  • This program is open to adults only. Students must attend full-time (Both AM and PM sessions)


Credentials Available

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) (National)
  • Expanded Duties (State):
    • Coronal Polish and Topical Fluoride
    • Radiation Safety
    • Sealants
    • Nitrous Oxide


Is this program right for me?


  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Service Orientation
  • Coordination
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Control Precision
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking

Completion & Positive Placement Rate

  • On-Time Adult Completion Rate: For more information contact the MNTC Data Management Coordinator
  • Positive Placement Rate: 100.0%

Positive Placement Rate includes Military, Continuing Education and all Employment, related or not related. The rate information provided below is based on the most current data available.

Potential Occupations

  • Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • Surgical Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist




Potential Wages

US - $12.58 - $25.54 Hourly; $26,170 - $53,130 Annually
OK - $12.63 - $22.66 Hourly; $26,270 - $47,140 Annually

Career Profile

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Eligibility: Title IV Eligible
  • Loan Debt: $0.00
  • CIP Code: 51.0601

Start your application today at

Learn More


Net Price Calculator

MNTC Net Price Calculator

Note: MNTC does not participate in the Federal Student Loan Program.

Dental Assisting Help Center

Frequently Asked Questions

A: How much travel is involved with clinicals?

A: Oklahoma City for seven weeks. Private practice locations are usually local.

Q: Are clinicals required? Do students have to provide their own transportation?

A: Yes, clinicals are required. Students are required to provide their own transportation to their assigned clinical location. Clinical work varies by location across the Oklahoma City metro.

Q: Are there prerequisites for this program?

A:  Refer to the "Prerequisites" tab above.

Q: Can I attend Dental Assisting part- time?

A: Full time only

Q: Does MNTC require student ID badges?

A: Yes. All students and staff must wear an MNTC badge while on campus. Pictures for badges are taken during the registration process.

Q: How many applicants do you usually get?

A: 14-18

Q: How many students are in the class?

A: 12

Q: How much does this program cost?

A: Refer to the "expenses" tab above.

Q: I am on the wait list for this program. How likely is it that I will get in?

A: Very likely! We offer spots to 12 students who have the most points. But some apply for multiple programs and if they get accepted into the other programs, or could change their mind.

Q: I can't attend during the daytime, do you offer night classes?

A: This long-term program is not available in the evening. You might consider one of our short-term health classes or programs!

Q: Is the Dental Assisting outlook strong?

A: Yes, jobs should be plentiful. The (BLS) Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts much faster than usual growth.

Q: Is there an information session that I could attend before the program starts?

A: Yes, once a month until the application period ends.

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: For this program, you will need to speak with an MNTC Career Advisor. Set up your free career advisement today!

Q: Is there on the job training for Dental Assistants?

A: Yes, you will get experience on clinical rotations at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and private dental offices.

Q: What are possible occupations for me?

A: Refer to the "Potential Occupations" tab above.

Q: What certifications are available?

A: Refer to the "Credentials Available" tab above.

Q: What is a typical day in the program?

A: Morning is usually in the classroom and afternoons are in the clinic during the first semester. Second semester most of the time is divided between the college of dentistry and private practice.

Q: What is the cost of this program?

A: Refer to the "cost" tab above.

Q: What kind of job could I get from this program?

A: Refer to the "potential occupations" tab above.

Q: What kind of testing is required prior to getting into the program?

A: Testing information is available during your meeting with an MNTC Career Advisor. 

Application Booklet

PDF of Dental Assistant Application Booklet

Upcoming Free Info Sessions

There are no events to display

CareerTech Student Organization