The Dental Assistant online program is taught completely online. You will not be required to come to the Madison College campus. Online program courses are designed for individuals already employed in a dental office.
Online Course Application Process:
Complete and submit an online application, official transcripts documenting satisfactory completion of admissions requirements, and the Online Dental Assistant Mentor Form to enroll in an online class. Further forms will be required once these documents have been received and approved.
Students are required to have an on-site mentor assist them in practicing the lab skills and then verifying their level of competence performing the skills. It is estimated that the mentor will need to be able to assist the student an average of two to three hours per week. A mentor guide book is sent to the mentor at the beginning of each semester. The courses contain the same subject matter as the traditional face-to-face courses available at Madison College campus and will follow the semester schedule. Courses requiring a mentor are: Dental Health Safety, Dental Chairside, Dental Materials, Dental Radiography, and Dental Assistant Clinical.
Students must be capable of managing their time. Online courses do not require classroom meetings. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments and participate in online discussions at least every other day.
Students must be self-motivated, independent, and have basic knowledge in computer operations such as keyboarding, sending and receiving email, attaching documents to email, surfing the Internet. For more information about online learning, refer to "Are you an Online Learner?"
Students must make time to devote to course work. These are college credit courses that typically meet four to seven hours per week in the traditional setting. Internet students are required to do the same work as the face-to-face student.
For more information about the Dental Assistant online program, contact Marsha Tweedy, Program Director.