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Madison WI 53704

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Dental Assistant

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 305082

Overview

Madison College's Dental Assistant program trains you to perform chairside assisting and related office and laboratory procedures under the direction and supervision of a dentist.

The Dental Assistant program includes instruction and practical experience in how to identify, use and care of dental equipment and instruments; expose and process radiographs; record medical and dental information; assist with dental emergencies; perform basic office procedures; and maintain an inventory of supplies.

Program Details

Dental Assistant is a one-semester, full-time program. Students are accepted for both fall and spring semesters.

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

Dental Assistant program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Courses for this program are offered in a combination of online, hybrid and in-person. Note: not all courses are available in each format.
Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Dental Assistant Petition Requirements.

Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019     Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Dental Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Perform a variety of entry-level supportive dental procedures
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Produce diagnostic radiographs
  • Perform basic dental laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance
Careers

Earning your Dental Assistant Technical Diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

  • Chairside Assistant - working directly with the dentist in the treatment area.
  • Laboratory Assistant - performing laboratory functions as directed by the dentist.
  • Receptionists/Office Assistant - responsible for operation of the business office.
  • Claims Approver - working for an insurance company approving dental insurance claims. 

With additional education and/or work experience you may find employment as a:

  • Dental Office Manager - responsible for operation of the practice. 
  • Dental Laboratory Technician - performing mechanical, technically skilled tasks specified by the written prescription of the dentist.
  • Dental Sales Representative - working for a dental supply business, providing products and services to dental offices.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    16
    Tuition
    $2147.20
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $564.50
    Other Costs
    $238.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $2949.70
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 34 36 32
    Number of Surveys Sent 34 36 32
    Number of Surveys Returned 22 25 24
    Percent of Surveys Returned 64.70% 69.40% 75.00%
    Available for Employment 19 22 21
    Percent Available for Employment 90.50% 100.00% 95.50%
    Not in Labor Market 3 3 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 14.30% 13.60% 13.60%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 19 20 20
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 90.90% 95.20%
    Employed in Related Occupation 14 15 16
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 73.70% 75.00% 80.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 5 4
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 26.30% 25.00% 20.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 2 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 9.10% 4.80%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.3 3.2
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 21 22 22
    Very Satisfied 11 7 5
    Percent Very Satisfied 52.40% 31.80% 22.70%
    Satisfied 10 15 17
    Percent Satisfied 47.60% 68.20% 77.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 25 24
    Preparation for Getting a Job 8 11 11
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 36.40% 44.00% 45.80%
    Career Change 6 6 3
    Percent Career Change 27.30% 24.00% 12.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 3 7 8
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 13.60% 28.00% 33.30%
    Personal Interest 5 1 2
    Percent Personal Interest 22.70% 4.00% 8.30%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 19 20 20
    Before Enrollment 2 2 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 10.50% 10.00% 10.00%
    While Attending the College 4 4 6
    Percent While Attending the College 21.10% 20.00% 30.00%
    After Training at the College 13 14 12
    Percent After Training at the College 68.40% 70.00% 60.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 19 20 20
    In College District 16 15 19
    Percent In College District 84.20% 75.00% 95.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 10.50% 0.00% 5.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 5 0
    Percent Location Unknown 5.30% 25.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 10 12
    Average Monthly Wage $2,502 $2,372 $2,782
    Average Hourly Wage $14.54 $13.79 $16.18
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.4 38.8 41.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 6 2 2
    Average Hourly Wage $14.42 $13.50 $15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 24.9 31.5 29.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 30 123
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 11 54
    Total Jobs 41 177
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Access Community Health Center Dental Assistant
    Associated Dentists Dental Assistant
    Dental Health Associates Dental Assistant
    Family Dental Practice Dental Assistant Watertown
    First Choice Dental Group Dental Assistant Sun Prairie
    First Choice Dental Group Orthodontic Assistant
    Four Lakes Family Dental Dental Assistant
    Lifetime Family Dentistry Dental Assistant Stoughton
    Madison Oral Surgery and Dental Implants Dental Assistant Monona
    Midwest Dental Dental Assistant New Glarus
    Midwest Dental Dental Assistant Wisconsin Dells
    Smart Dental Dental Assistant

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    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu