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.
Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.
Dental Assistant is a one-semester, full-time program. Students are accepted for fall, spring and summer 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.
Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) 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.
Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Dental Assistant Petition Requirements.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.
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.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 36 32 43 Number of Surveys Sent 36 32 43 Number of Surveys Returned 25 24 33 Percent of Surveys Returned 69.40% 75.00% 76.70% Available for Employment 22 21 30 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 95.50% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 3 3 3 Percent Not in Labor Market 13.60% 13.60% 10.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 20 20 26 Percent of Graduates Employed 90.90% 95.20% 86.70% Employed in Related Occupation 15 16 22 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 80.00% 84.60% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 4 3 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 20.00% 11.50% Employed - No Response 0 0 1 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 3.80% Seeking Employment 2 1 4 Percent Seeking Employment 9.10% 4.80% 13.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.2 3.3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 22 22 30 Very Satisfied 7 5 14 Percent Very Satisfied 31.80% 22.70% 46.70% Satisfied 15 17 14 Percent Satisfied 68.20% 77.30% 46.70% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 2 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 6.70% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 25 24 33 Preparation for Getting a Job 11 11 13 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 44.00% 45.80% 39.40% Career Change 6 3 8 Percent Career Change 24.00% 12.50% 24.20% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 3.00% Preparation for Further Education 7 8 10 Percent Preparation for Further Education 28.00% 33.30% 30.30% Personal Interest 1 2 1 Percent Personal Interest 4.00% 8.30% 3.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 20 20 23 Before Enrollment 2 2 2 Percent Before Enrollment 10.00% 10.00% 8.70% While Attending the College 4 6 5 Percent While Attending the College 20.00% 30.00% 21.70% After Training at the College 14 12 16 Percent After Training at the College 70.00% 60.00% 69.60% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 20 20 26 In College District 15 19 23 Percent In College District 75.00% 95.00% 88.50% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 2 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 5.00% 7.70% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 5 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 25.00% 0.00% 3.80% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 10 12 12 Average Monthly Wage $2,372 $2,782 $2,560 Average Hourly Wage $13.79 $16.18 $14.88 Average Work Hours per Week 38.8 41.4 38 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 2 9 Average Hourly Wage $13.50 $15.00 $16.56 Average Work Hours per Week 31.5 29.5 27.4
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 31 155 Number of Part Time Positions Open 9 57 Total Jobs 40 212 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Childrens Dental Dental Assistant Columbus Family Dental Dental Assistant Columbus 2 Dental Health Associates Dental Assistant Dental Health Associates Orthodontic Lab Technician Fitchburg Dr Todd Connell Orthodontics Orthodontic Assistant Oak Creek Family Dental Practice Dental Assistant Watertown First Choice Dental Dental Assistant Fitchburg Fort Dental Care Dental Assistant Fort Atkinson Forward Dental Dental Assistant Four Lakes Family Dental Dental Assistant Jody Schilling Dds Dental Assistant Lifetime Family Dentistry Dental Assistant Fitchburg Madison No Fear Dentistry Dental Assistant Midwest Dental Dental Assistant Midwest Dental Dental Assistant Wisconsin Dells Nakoma Dental Dental Assistant Odana Hills Dental Dental Assistant Smart Dental Dental Assistant Smile Direct Club Dental Assistant
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