Dental Assisting

Students will learn oral anatomy, sterilization and disinfection, oral pathology, preventive dentistry and radiography (x-ray). Other course objectives include chair-side procedures, impressions and study models, safety standards and regulations, observations and internships. Students must be understanding and communicate well with others. The student needs to be able to work independently in a diverse environment and as a team member. Good manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination are required.


Other aids to success in this program are the ability to work under pressure, to change working situations hourly, to be able to think on your feet, to read/comprehend technical dental information, and to memorize dental terms and procedures including anatomy and physiology. Completion of this course provides a natural vehicle for pre-requisite studies toward advanced training in dental hygiene.



Career Opportunities

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Chair side Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Lab Tech
  • Denturist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Sales Representative



Certification Opportunities: Washington State Dental Association Dental Assisting Certificate


Pre-Requisites: Junior/Senior Standing, Seniors will have priority placement


Sessions Offered: AM 8:00 to 10:30 M-F, PM 11:30 to 2:00 M-F


Length of Program: 1 year


Location: Tri-Tech


Equivalency Credits: 0.5 Technical English 1 & 2 1.0 Lab Science


Occupational/Elective Credits: 3 per Year


College Credits Available: TBD