About the Dental Assistant Program


Dental Assistant Program Details

Dental Assisting Program Choices Length Start Dates Class Days Class Times Clinical Days (Spring and Summer semester) Estimated Cost*
Certificate only Total-37 hrs 11 months August Monday-Thursdays 9am-4pm Depends on dental office $6,666
Associates in Applied Science Total-60 hrs
(23 hrs of general education courses + 37 certificate hrs)
2 years Varies Varies Varies Depends on dental office $10,420

 *Cost is based on 2017-2018 academic year.  Books and fees are included. Kansas resident rates only.


What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant's primary duties are to assist the dentist with varied oral health care procedures. The career entails extensive knowledge of dental procedures and practices, four-handed dentistry, dental terminology, dental technology, general office duties, patient intake, x-ray safety and performance, laboratory duties, teamwork, and above all assisting dentists with improving patient oral health. 

It is an engaging career where one day will never be the same as the next. Becoming a dental assistant may also serve as a jumping-off point for other dental careers, such as becoming a dental hygienist.


About the Dental Assisting Career

There is significant job potential for dental assistants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of dental assistants is expected to increase by 31% through 2020. The Kansas Department of Labor estimates jobs in Kansas will grow by 9.7% through 2024 and jobs in Southeast Kansas will grow by 20.8%.

Estimated Starting Wages

Estimated Starting Wages Date Entry Level Median Experienced
U.S. Department of Labor 2017 $26,170 $37,630 $53,130
KS Department of Labor 2017 $23,904 $34,674 $40,659

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm) and the Kansas Department of Labor Information Center (https://klic.dol.ks.gov/)


Accreditation

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been awarded full accreditation without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Program Contacts

Leigh Ann Martin

RDH, CDA, BGS
Program Director
Phone: (620) 232-5820 ext. 107
Fax: (620) 232-5870
leighannm@labette.edu

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