Dental Assistant

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 305082


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

The Dental Assistant career pathway includes this technical diploma and an associate degree. Both will prepare you for a good job, and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 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. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Students admitted to the waitlist for the Spring 2017 term or prior should continue to use their Academic Requirements Report and review emails from their academic advisor. 

Students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2017 term or after should complete the Dental Assistant Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester


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

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.