Dental Assistant

Your first steps to a successful health-care career begin at NWSC. NWSC offers quality, affordable education, close to home that will put you on a path to a dream career in some of today’s high demand job markets.

One of the fastest growing healthcare occupations!

GET INFORMATION today about NWSC’s  Dental Assistant Program

720 clock hours, including Clinical Dental Assistant Externship

Courses designed to develop valuable knowledge and practical skills.

Your healthcare career is only a click or call away.

The 24-week dental assistant program, offered at Northwest Suburban College, is your chance to enter an exciting industry with plenty of potential for growth. When the class concludes, a 4-8 weeks Dental Assistant externship begins. You will receive supervised training, working with actual patients and learning from industry professionals, first-hand. During externships, our students get vital dental experience, and create valuable connections – many are considered for employment right at the externship sites.

Dental assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under direct supervision of the dentist or dental hygienist. The dental assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing certain administrative support to the office.

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent.
Admissions are open every month. Call today!

Demand

Dental Assistants are in high demand. Projections indicate that the need for Dental Assistants will increase by 19% between 2016 and 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a rate that’s much faster than the average for all professions. 

Dental assistants work in a variety of health care settings including dentist offices, hospitals and other similar facilities. Their duties range from providing patient care, including taking x-rays, to record-keeping and scheduling.  Many office managers and successful dental sales professionals start their healthcare career as a registered Dental Assistant. 

 The demand for dental assistants is growing rapidly due to an increase in demand for preventative dental care services,  given America’s aging population and growing research indicating a link between oral health and general health, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   

If you are already working in the field, some employers may even cover costs related to certification

Certification

Certification examination is available through AMT, (American Medical Technologist Association) and National Dental Assisting Board (NDAB).

Class Schedule / Timing:

Daytime class hours offered – hours 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday

Class Size:

Small class sizes foster an environment conducive to one-on-one attention and customized support from instructors. To ensure students get the absolute most out of their  programs, NWSC is committed to hiring inspiring and qualified teaching faculty.

Hands-on:

Daily laboratory hours provide an effective teaching and learning experience so students develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The hands-on experience involved in seeing, handling, and manipulating real objects and materials prepares students for their professional careers.

  • Meet with the SAHS Admissions Representative for information about the program.
  • Complete the NWSC Application for Admission and submit the application fee.
  • Applications are available in the NWSC Admissions Office or online.
  • Request your official high school or GED (General Education Development) transcript be sent directly from the school to:
    Northwest Suburban College
    SAHS Admissions Office
    5999 S. New Wilke Road, Building # 500
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    • At the time of enrollment, students may provide an unofficial copy of the high school or GED transcript. However, students must submit the official transcript to the College prior to completion of the first course/module or the deadline designated by the Admissions Representative. Failure to do so will result in Administrative Withdrawal from the program.
    • Please note that transcripts will be retained for one year from the date of receipt for applicants who do not subsequently enroll.
  • Set up payment arrangements with the NWSC Financial Aid Office.
  • Attend the SAHS Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representative will provide details on the date and time of the orientation.
  • Reapply for admission.
  • Meet with the Dean of School of Allied Health Sciences.
  • Attend the NWSC Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representative will provide details on the date and time of orientation.

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