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Dental Assistant Diploma

As dentists try to keep up with a growing and aging population and increased need for dental care in the United States, dental assistants are expected to be in demand. In fact, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow 19% through 2026, which is much faster than the average of all occupations.* At Purdue Global, you can get the education and hands-on training required to start your career in dental assisting. 

If you want to become an integral part of a dental practice, our Dental Assistant Diploma is designed to provide you with the relevant training, knowledge, and skills. You can learn how to perform duties such as radiographs, instrument sterilization, tray setups, four-handed dentistry, equipment maintenance, impressions, model trimming, charting, and dental reception duties. We offer classes both in the mornings and afternoons so you have the flexibility to meet the demands of your family, work, and education.

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Accredited by CODA

The Dental Assistant Program offered onsite in Omaha is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements).

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and can be contacted at 312.440.4653; 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; or

Dental Assistant Diploma Program Highlights

Our comprehensive curriculum offers hands-on training to help you develop the skills required to succeed on the job as soon as you graduate. In addition to office management and communications, records management and ethics, and an introduction to basic computer skills, you will have the opportunity to master skills in:

  • Chairside assisting, including handling dental instruments, controlling infection, and planning treatment in the eight specialty areas of dentistry
  • Handling dental emergencies, such as an abscessed tooth, alveolitis, or a broken tooth or prosthesis
  • Identifying structures of the oral cavity, the different types of teeth, and universal codes for each tooth
  • Performing dental radiology (if certified) and safety procedures
  • Preventive dentistry, including coronal polishing and fluoride
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Dental Assistant Education

Purdue Global is proud to offer a Dental Assistant Diploma program that is market-driven, with specific curriculum that best serves local employment needs. When you earn your diploma at Purdue Global, you not only learn how to become a dental assistant, you learn skills that you can apply to your everyday life. The objective of the dental assistant program is to prepare you to work as an integral member of the dental health team and to perform chairside assisting and related office and lab procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist. Before you graduate, you will be required to complete an externship at a general dental office clinic, hospital, or other dental facility where you can actively participate in patient care.

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What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

The duties of a dental assistant are diverse, all designed to support the dentist. Thus, at Purdue Global you will have the opportunity to learn to perform a broad range of daily activities including:

  • Caring for patients in the treatment room
  • Taking dental x-rays
  • Taking impressions of patients' teeth
  • Teaching preventive dentistry to patients
  • Assisting with oral surgery
  • Performing oral evacuation
  • Infection control and sterilization
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

When you graduate from Purdue Global with your Dental Assistant Diploma, you could apply for an entry-level position in settings such as:

  • Dental group practices
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Public health institutions
  • Clinics
  • Dental insurance agencies
  • Dental product distributors

Dental assistants can continue to grow in their careers and become office managers, enter a dental sales position, or obtain a position at a research facility or insurance company.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


Campus Start Date

October 02, 2017

Campus Start Date

October 30, 2017

Campus Start Date

November 27, 2017

Campus Start Date

January 02, 2018

Campus Start Date

January 29, 2018

Campus Start Date

February 26, 2018

Campus Start Date

April 02, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Dental Assistant Diploma concentrate on helping you acquire knowledge and develop skills in treatment room care of the dental patient. Instruction occurs in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. Your program will culminate with a capstone course and externship that builds upon all the courses taken in the program. Courses include:

  • Radiology
  • Patient Interaction
  • Operative Assisting
  • Dental Materials
  • Chairside Specialties
  • Diagnostic Assisting
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits56
  • Total Credits56

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Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location: Iowa, Nebraska Only.
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$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants, on the Internet

Although certain programs at Purdue Global are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.