Dental Assistant - Diploma

Dental Assistant - Diploma

Credits Required for Graduation: 40

Program Description

The Dental Assistant program is a nationally accredited course which prepares students for a rewarding career in the field of dental assisting. Within nine months, students learn a variety of skills required of a chairside assistant, laboratory technician, and dental receptionist.

Students master the skills of polishing teeth, applying fluoride, taking impressions, placing and removing rubber dams and taking x-rays during school clinic sessions. Extramural training in area dental offices allows students to practice the skills they have acquired in school.

After successfully completing the Diploma program, students are eligible to take the National Chairside Assisting Certification Exam and the Minnesota Registration Exam.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, and the instructors possess comprehensive background in the dental professions with more than 50+ years of combined experience.

Employment Opportunities

Positions in dental assisting are available with general practitioners and specialists in private and group practices and in public health programs.

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in arecognized occupation.” Public institutions are required to report this information for allundergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates,diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Reporting is not required for undergraduate certificates and diplomas less than 16 credits and graduate certificates and specialist awards that are less than 8 credits. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.


Hibbing Community College’s dental assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission of Accreditation. Graduates of the Dental Assisting Program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Dental Assistant State Licensure Exam. Dental Assistant graduates, upon successful completion of the exams, are Certified and Licensed dental assistants.

Contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation

Mailing Address:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
800.621.8099 or 312.440.4653

Program Plan

Meet Your Faculty & Staff

Dawn Torrel
(218) 262-7233
Office: C143

April Sailer
Dental Lab Assistant

Jolene Stevenson
(218) 262-7242
Office: C141