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Technical Certificate in Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants are an integral part of the dental health care team and increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care. Dental offices typically employ two to four dental assistants with specialty offices employing more. Dental assistant job duties include front office skills such as phone skills and computer proficiency, patient care such as dietary counseling, monitoring vital signs, administering and monitoring nitrous oxide, taking impressions, and providing post-operative care and instructions. The demand for quality dental assistants is expected to continue to be above average in the future according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction provide students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry. Internships will be provided in area offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the community. Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the various clinical sites.


High school juniors or seniors are eligible to enroll in the dental assisting program.  Concurrent credit may be available through the student's high school. High school students should see their high school counselor for more information on enrolling. Dental Assisting is a component of the Early College Experience (ECE).


Adult students must apply and be accepted as a student at NWACC. There is a separate application for adult students entering the dental assisting program. Applications for the dental assisting program are released on April 1st and will be returned by dropbox. Dropbox directions are in the application.

Please contact Glenda Lee for more information.


Glenda Lee, RDA

Dental Assisting Program Director      

2350 Old Farmington

Fayetteville, AR 72701

479-301-2130 - phone

479-301-2132 - fax                  


The Dental Assistant Program begins once a year in August. Applications are available the first of April for the following fall.



Due to the nature of this program, classes are offered only in a face-to-face setting at NWACC's location in Fayetteville.
Some prerequisite courses are also available at NWACC's main campus in Bentonville, its centers in Washington County, and available through NWACC's Distance Learning program, providing you the convenience of learning when and where you want.
*delivery options will vary by semester