Dental Assisting

Help a Dentist Help Their Patients

Does the idea of welcoming patients and working with a dentist to keep a dental practice running smoothly bring a smile to your face? If so, our program in dental assisting may be right for you.

What Does a Dental Assistant do?

As a Massachusetts board-certified dental assistant, you will know how to:

  • Welcome patients, ensure their comfort, and prepare them for treatment
  • Take and develop dental x-rays
  • Take impressions of teeth for study models
  • Serve as an infection control officer by preparing sterile instruments and equipment
  • Assist the dentist during procedures (e.g. using suction hoses and other equipment to dry patients’ mouths and handing tools to the dentist)
  • Instruct patients in proper oral care following surgery or other dental procedures
  • Manage appointment schedules, records, billing, and inventory for the office

Career Outlook

Dental assistants are in high demand in Massachusetts. This is expected to increase by 19% through 2026, as our aging population requires more dental care.* The average yearly wage for dental assistants in Massachusetts was $45,380 in October 2018.**

Program Details

MWCC’s Dental Assisting Certificate is a 9-course program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. After you finish your coursework, you will gain valuable hands-on experience where you work in two different dental practices.

Dental Assistant Certification

This accredited certificate program will prepare you to take the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board Exam).

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**According to the CareerOneStop occupational profile

“As a graduate from MWCC’s Certificate program for dental assisting, I feel more than prepared in the field. The teachers and staff were incredibly helpful throughout the entire program. Any day I needed help or had a question I was always answered quickly and thoroughly. All of the students are always well taken care of!”

Sarah O’Sullivan, 2018, Dental Assisting

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