Dental Assisting

1-Year Diploma Program | 41-42 Credits

As a dental assistant, you will play a key role in assisting dentist and hygienists in the many dental offices in Sioux Falls and across the nation. A professional dental assistant is integral to the many tasks required for oral healthcare, such as preparing x-ray machines, ordering supplies, mixing impression materials, record-keeping and instructing patients on oral care.

Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Your duties as a dental professional are administrative as well as clinical. The skills you need for Dental Assisting include: 

  • Interpersonal 
  • Technical 
  • Analytical 
  • Detail-oriented

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected growth in dental assisting is much faster than the average for all occupations, with 19% growth expected through 2026. Continued job growth in dental assisting is tied to: 

  • Research linking oral health to general health 
  • More elderly residents who need care

Compare: Dental Assistant vs. Dental Hygienist 

As a dental assistant graduate from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, you will assist in dental procedures, perform dental radiography, offer patient education and conduct office tasks. Your work provides direct aid to dentists, while a dental hygienist often works one-on-one with patients under less supervision.

Why Study to be a Dental Assistant at Southeast Tech 

During your training as a Dental Assistant, you will study in STI’s high-tech Sullivan Health/Science Center. Your degree is backed by these other career-boosters:  

Accreditation: STI is working with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to receive accreditation for this program, which is scheduled to start in fall 2020.  

Clinical Experience: During the final semester of your STI program, you will complete a clinical placement to enhance your learning.  

What can you do with your STI degree 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has more than 140 dentists, creating a high demand for dental assistants who perform top-quality care.

Explore classes 

Southeast Tech’s year-long Dental Assistant program includes courses on dental radiography, tooth morphology, preventive dentistry, oral surgery and implant dentistry. 



Costs for this program are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. 

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Other Programs Related to Dental Assisting 

If you’re interested in becoming a dental assistant, you might also be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech: 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)   Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)   Medical Assistant