Tuesday – February 19, 2019

Dental Assistant (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program code: 30-508-2

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview —  Attain the skills required to assist with dental procedures under the supervision of a dentist.

You will learn a variety of patient care techniques that are performed under the supervision of the dentist during examination and treatment of patients. Other duties typically performed by a dental assistant include preparing patients for treatment, exposing and processing radiographs, assisting with dental procedures, and obtaining dental records.

Courses in the curriculum blend both academic and clinical competencies. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two semesters.

Students will practice these skills during their clinical experience in a dental practice. Attributes that will contribute to success include a neat and well-groomed appearance, conscientious work habits and good interpersonal skills.


MATC also offers bilingual (Spanish) courses for this technical diploma program. Bilingual program start date is August only.

Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Employment opportunities for trained dental assistants are available in private offices, hospitals and clinic settings. The demand for dental services continues to increase. As dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks. 

For more information, visit the Dental Assisting National Board, www.danb.org or the American Dental Assistants Association, www.adaausa.org.

View gainful employment data about this program

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect program graduates to:

  • Relate dental anatomy and terminology to dental treatment
  • Follow infection prevention and instrument/equipment sterilization standards
  • Prepare patients for treatment and make them comfortable
  • Provide all items and supplies needed to the dentist during dental treatment
  • Record medical and dental information in the patient record
  • Expose and process dental x-rays
  • Perform laboratory techniques (impressions and study models)


Admission Requirements — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

In addition, one year of high school-level biology or chemistry is suggested for this program.

Possible Careers
Dental Assistant
Orthodontic Assistant
Sterilization Assistant


Related Programs
Dental Assistant - Bilingual
Dental Hygiene
Dental Technician

Start Dates: August/January (Bilingual program start date is August only.)

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.






Dental Health Safety (16 weeks)




Dental Materials (16 weeks)




Dental Chairside




Dental and General Anatomy  (8 weeks)




Applied Dental Radiography



  (or) DENHYG-103 Dental Radiography  


Dental Assistant — Clinical  (8 weeks)




Dental Assistant Professionalism






Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated September 2017.