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Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065
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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 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. 

Gainful Employment Disclosure - 2019

  • This program is designed to be completed in 18 weeks.
  • This program will cost $2,985.84 if completed within normal time.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.
  • The following does not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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-program status, your next step is to complete the Dental Assistant Petition Requirements.

Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020     Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021        

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.

First Semester

10-508-101

1 credits


31-508-302

5 credits


10-508-113

2 credits


10-508-304

2 credits


10-508-103

2 credits


31-508-312

1 credits



31-508-307

1 credits


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
    $2184.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $563.84
    Other Costs
    $238.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $2985.84
  • Graduate Summary
    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
  • Graduate Employers
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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

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