Dental Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 30-508-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Bilingual, Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January*

About the Dental Assistant Diploma


Bilingual (Spanish) program also is offered; the bilingual program start date is August only.

This program prepares students to perform a variety of patient care responsibilities while under the direction and supervision of a dentist during the examination and treatment of patients. Coursework includes academic and clinical competencies, and students will have clinical experience in a dental practice. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two semesters.

Employment opportunities for trained dental assistants are plentiful in private offices, hospitals and clinic settings.

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

Additional program details: 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.



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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
DENAST-302 Dental Chairside 5
DENAST-304 Dental and General Anatomy 2
DENAST-305 Applied Dental Radiography
(or) DENHYG-103 Dental Radiography
DENAST-306 Dental Assistant – Clinical 3
DENAST-307 Dental Assistant Professionalism 1
DENHYG-101 Dental Health Safety 1
DENHYG-113 Dental Materials 2



Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

This program is an open entry program - students can enroll in open entry programs when enrollment begins each semester.

  • No prerequisite courses
  • Fall start: Register for classes in April
  • Spring start: Register for classes in November*
    (Bilingual progam only admits students one time a year)

Additional deadlines and important dates can be found on Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Perform a variety of entry-level supportive dental procedures
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Produce diagnostic radiographs
  • Perform basic dental laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance

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, or the American Dental Assistants Association,

Possible Careers

Certified Dental Assistant
Lead Dental Assistant
Sterilization Assistant
Patient Care Representative

Admission Requirements

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

Note: The Bilingual Dental Assistant program is an open enrollment program and does not require petitioning. 

One year of high school-level biology or chemistry is suggested for this program.


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Last updated: 08/31/2021