Dental Assisting Diploma Program

Dental Assisting Diploma Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today.

What Is Dental Assisting?

Dental Assisting is a sought after and strong contributing role within any dental team. Dental Assistants typically work in dental offices found throughout the country in various cities, suburbs and small towns. The specific job responsibilities of individuals with a Dental Assisting Diploma vary greatly. Duties may include performing patient care, office administration and (in some cases) laboratory functions. Those who excel in Dental Assisting may have an interest in healthcare, enjoy working as part of a team, are detail-oriented and have interest in career growth and development. Dental Assistants make a positive difference in a patient's life and, of course, love to smile.

What Career Options Are Available in Dental Assisting?

Dental Assistants typically begin their career working in a dental office under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist or another licensed dental hygienist. After gaining experience in the field, some Dental Assistants may become office managers, research associates, dental sales representatives or with advanced education, potentially a dental hygienist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for dental assistants is expected to increase by nine percent between 2016 and 2026.1

How Do I Start A Career in Dental Assisting?

Rockford Career College offers a degree program for a career in Dental Assisting. Our Dental Assisting program can be completed in as little as 10 months. The Dental Assisting diploma program provides training in didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in dental assisting procedures to include: chairside assisting, dental office administration, infection control and dental treatment procedures commonly performed in a dental setting.

Our small class size and accomplished instructors are committed to providing you a solid education.  Our instructors have worked are or are still working in the field, so they incorporate real-life examples into their lessons. Before you graduate, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned in a dental setting. You may even Work with trained professionals who could become your future employer

Why Choose Our College?

For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach. All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program Length - 10 Months


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45% of the program can be taken online (learn more)

After you complete the Dental Assisting Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree

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The content of the program provides students with didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction in chair-side assisting procedures, infection control, and treatment procedures commonly performed in a dental office setting.  Students will also receive basic training in front office procedures.  In additional to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments.  These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving projects, research papers, and presentations.  A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  

Upon successful completion of the program, students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a dental assisting related field.  

Rockford, Illinois