Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Certificate Program

Welcome your patients, work with dentists, and assist in surgery as a dental assistant. Dental assistants are key members of a dental care team who keep the dental practice running smoothly. If you’re looking to take your first step into the dental field, the Dental Assisting certificate from MWCC is the perfect place to start.

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Use Your Credits towards a Degree in Dental Hygiene!

The Dental Assisting certificate program is intended for immediate career entry. However, if you plan on furthering your education, you can apply your credits towards the Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. You’ll save thousands by starting your dental education at MWCC. A degree in dental hygiene can help your potential job placement and salary as well!

Please note that the Dental Hygiene associate’s degree is a selective program and requires additional application components. If you are interested in the Dental Hygiene degree, you can prepare yourself to apply for the program by fulfilling your prerequisite course requirements with the Dental Assisting certificate or the Allied Health concentration.

Help a Dentist Help their Patients

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

  • Assist the dentist during procedures
  • Prepare sterile instruments and equipment
  • Instruct proper oral care to patients
  • Prepare patients for treatment or surgery
  • Take and develop x-rays

Are Dental Assistants in Demand?

Dental assistants are in high demand in Massachusetts, so you can expect to find a job fast! The dental assisting field is expected to grow 19% by 2026*, as our aging population requires more dental care. You can make an average of $45,380* as a dental assistant in the north central MA area.

Earn Your Certification through Hands-On Training

Polish your skills in dental assisting with hands-on experience in your DAC115 Clinical Rotation course! You will rotate between a variety of dental practices, actively participating and assisting with patient care in a hands-on environment. You will gain a lifetime of valuable experience from your clinical rotations and you will be fully prepared for when you get a job after graduation.

After you graduate, you will be ready to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB). This exam will give you your nationally-recognized Dental Assistant Certification.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Source: CareerOneStop

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“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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