Dental Assisting Training Program

Program Overview

  • This unique 9-week program is designed to prepare individuals to become Dental Assistants. It combines lecture and hands-on classes to expose both current and aspiring dental assistants to all major aspects of the profession. After completing the program, participants will be prepared to work in a variety of dental offices.
  • Participants will be provided with the opportunity to become certified in CPR and Radiology. They will be prepared for and take DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification exams (RHS-Radiation Health and Safety, ICE-Infection Control and AMP-Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology).
  • Participants will spend time observing and assisting in the General Dentistry clinics and will shadow different dental specialties. Rotations include: General Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontology & Implantology, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Radiology, and Sterilization.

Many roles of dental assistants include, but are not limited to:

  • Seating and preparing for patients
  • Charting
  • Instituting infection control procedures
  • Assisting the dentist during procedures
  • Ensuring patient comfort
  • Exposing and processing radiographs
  • Taking impressions
  • Oversee inventory control & ordering supplies

Dental Assisting Training Program Includes:

  • Radiology Certification for Dental Auxiliaries (need to pass state exam)
    • To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in the state of Massachusetts
  • Infection Prevention and Control, Continuing Education Course
  • Basic Life Support Certification (need to pass American Heart Association exam)
  • National Entry Level Dental Assistant Certification (NELDA)
    • Nationally recognized certification for on the job trained dental assistants
    • Need to pass 3 timed exams on computer at a Pearson VUE test center in Boston
      • Anatomy, Morphology & Physiology (AMP)
      • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
      • Infection Control (ICE)
    • AMP, RHS & ICE NELDA prep exams through DALE Foundation
  • Hands-on experience with the Boston University Dental Assistants
  • Assisting Boston University DMD students and Boston University Dental Assistants with patient care
  • Work with faculty and staff to create a lasting relationship

  • Rolling admission
    • Recommended to call 6 month prior to the start for interview
  • Please call Continuing Education at 1-617-638-5656 to schedule interview
  • No paperwork needed prior to interview

  • High school Diploma or its equivalence. Proof of graduation will be requested
  • Program is catered to individuals changing careers to dental assisting or individuals directly out of high school looking to start their career
  • This program is not recommended for past dental assistants or internationally trained Dentists

  • Full time, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm
  • Program runs every January & July (please call for specific dates)

  • Participant is required to pay tuition in full prior to the first day of class
  • Participant is required to pay a deposit of $300 if they wish to save a seat in the program
  • 50% of total tuition ($3,000) is to be received at least 1 month prior to the first day of class. Remaining balance is to be received (3) days prior to the first day of class at the latest
  • Payment can be made by credit or debit card via phone or by mailing a bank check to Continuing Education
  • Please note, no financial aid is offered for this program

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm
  • Median pay for dental assistants in 2016: $17.76/hr