Printed on 10/21/2021

Dental Assistant

31-508-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Full Time
33 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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As a dental assistant, you are an integral member of the dental health team. With this diploma, you’ll be ready to give chairside assistance and conduct lab procedures under the direction of the dentist. Learn how to disinfect and sterilize dental instruments, record dental histories and vital signs, and manage dental and medical emergencies. You will also become familiar with dental procedures, equipment and radiographs. Your training will prepare you to perform basic office and laboratory procedures. At the end of this program, you’ll be ready for the national certification examination.

Career Opportunities

  • Dental Office Manager
  • Dental Insurance Claim Representative
  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Laboratory Assistant


Estimated Program Cost

Dental Assistant

This program will cost about $6,129.10*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $1,275.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $736.20*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Dental Assistant

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

    Proof of HS Completion

    Submit a final, official high school transcript, an original diploma or an official copy of GED/HSED Certification Scores.

    Dental Technical Standards

    Read, acknowledge, and submit the Technical Standards found at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • DA-1 year: Perform a variety of advanced supportive dental procedures
    • DA-1 year: Manage infection and hazard control
    • DA-1 year: Produce diagnostic intraoral and extraoral radiographs on a variety of patients
    • DA-1 year: Perform advanced dental laboratory procedures
    • DA-1 year: Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
    • DA-1 year: Perform dental office business procedures
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    The FVTC Dental Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at: 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: [](

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a technical diploma and are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
  • Additional Information
    Students entering an FVTC Dental Program should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. For more information, please review the [Bloodborne Pathogens document](

    There is an estimated wait time of up to one semester AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.

    E-Value Account – After registering for first semester Dental Assistant program classes students will be required to purchase an E-Value Account. This program document tracking account is where you will upload your program requirements (immunization records, program forms, CPR, etc.). All instructions and forms will be found within your E-Value account. When it is time to purchase this account an email will be sent to your FVTC email account. The E-Value requirements must be met and uploaded into the student’s account prior to the start of the semester.

    Before entering Dental Assistant Clinical evidence of CPR certification that includes 2-person Healthcare Provider CPR must be submitted to your E-Value account.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

  • Undecided?

    Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs.