Dental Assistant

Category: Health
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Program Description

In the Dental Assistant program, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become an important member of a professional health team in a dental office or clinic.  You may earn a Dental Assistant Diploma or an AAS Degree.  A dental assistant performs many duties at chairside, including assisting the dentist during patient treatment.  The assistant must also be skilled in related office and laboratory procedures, as well as the MN State Board of Dentistry, expanded functions.

Dental Assistant graduates are employed in many areas of dentistry, including general dentistry as well as dental specialties such as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics and periodontics, and more.

The Dental Assistant program at Hennepin Technical College is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry,

The program in Dental Assisting 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

To begin the Dental Assistant program, please apply to the college and review additional steps under the Entry Requirements section below.

Program Information


Requirements for some awards and certifications will change effective June 1st, 2022. Please call OneStop at 952.995.1300 or email, to see how this might affect you.

Class Time: Day
Semester: Fall Semester
Campus: Eden Prairie Campus & Brooklyn Park Campus
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Skills Required

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Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to work well with others, the desire to be a part of a professional team, manual dexterity, good communication skills, and the ability to follow direct supervision.

Program first semester registration requirements:

  • Score of 70% or higher on Computer Literacy Basic Test or CPLT 1100 Essential Computer Applications
  • Completed the EMSV1020 CPR/First Aid course  OR current CPR for Health Care Provider of Professional Rescuer.
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication (C or better grade) or COMM2060 Small Group Communication (C or better grade)
  • DNTL1121 Dental Science (C or better grade)
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research or ENGL2050 Short Form Composition and Reporting (C or better grade)

Students are also required to complete the following prior to the first semester:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Tetanus vaccination (TDAP) within the last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination (2 vaccinations of a series of 3 must be completed)
  • Mantoux testing required within first two weeks of fall semester courses

Important information while in the program:

  • Current certification of CPR is mandatory throughout the entire program, including externships. Proof of current CPR certification is also required in order to take the national certification examinination.
  • Minnesota law requires a background study for any persons who provide services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care faciltiy licensed by the State of Minnesota. Contact the Department of Human Services (651-431-2000) with questions.
  • A written notification is required from a physician or obstetrician for a pregnant student to continue enrollment in Radiology, expanded functions, and clinical externships.
  • Information is available on the HTC website and from enrollment advisors, HTC counselors, and dental assistant program faculty which state the risks of entering this profession in regard to bloodborne pathogens and disease transmission, including needlesticks.

You will apply to the Dental Assistant program in your DNTL 1121 Dental Science class.  No paper applications will be accepted.  Please email Sarah Cornelius at with any questions.


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 Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at CAREERwise. Dental Assistants are employed in private and group practices, government public health clinics, dental sales, insurance companies, educational facilities, and the armed forces.

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