School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

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

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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 program includes instruction and practical experience in how to exhibit knowledge of dental equipment; identify use and care of dental 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 on a career pathway that 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.

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

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.


To Apply

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

After Acceptance

Fall 2016: Once you are admitted into your program, review your Next Steps After Program Acceptance.

Fall 2017: Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Dental Assistant Petition Requirements.

Please note that after acceptance to this program, you are required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.


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


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 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.