Dental Assisting Apprenticeship

The Dental Assisting Apprenticeship will provide classroom and clinical training to improve the skills of entry-level dental assistants. Emphasis in all phases of training will be put on preparation for the nationally-recognized DANB certification exam. Classes will be located in Room 220 of the Sullivan Health/Science Center, building #2 on our campus map.

COST: $1,095 - typically paid by sponsoring dental office. Additional materials required for the class will include: books, scrubs and typodont. Financial Aid is not available for this apprenticeship.



Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.

Program Details

Students must complete 144 hours of combined classroom and clinical training and 2,000 hours of on-the-job experience as required by the apprenticeship standards. Students must also attend at least 80% of classes and clinicals and achieve an average score of 75% on tests in order to receive the Certificate of Completion granted by Southeast Tech.

Upon successful completion of the Southeast Tech Dental Assisting Program and DANB certification, students will be qualified to perform advanced dental assistant expanded functions and administer x-rays (pending submission of application forms, any registration/licensing fees and approval required by the South Dakota Board of Dentistry).

Participating dentists will be provided with a schedule of instruction and progress reports during the apprenticeship period.

Course Topics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Oral Embryology and Histology
  • Tooth Morphology
  • OSHA: Disease transmission and infection control
  • HIPPA: Patient privacy policy and procedure
  • Pharmacology and Local Anesthesia
  • Monitoring and Administration of Nitrous Oxide
  • Dental Materials
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • CPR Certification
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Dental Instruments
  • Instrument Transfer and Oral Evacuation
  • Dental Radiography
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Rubber Dam Application
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Treatment Planning
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Implementation of Four-Handed Dentistry
  • Dental equipment: Maintenance and Care

If you have questions, please contact Admissions by email, text - 605.367.5758 or by calling 605.367.6040.

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