What Makes MTI's Dental Assisting Program Different
Labs designed to simulate real dental work environments
Complete your dental assistant training in just 9 months
All dental assisting instructors have real-world experience
Daytime Classes Available
Flexible class times that work for your busy schedule
No general education courses required, students will learn the skills required for entry-level employment
Career counseling & placement assistance is available to all qualified graduates
The School of Dental Assisting at Midwest Technical Institute
Dental assistants provide clinical and clerical support to dentists, and may choose to specialize in order to work with other dental professionals like endodontists and orthodontists. At MTI’s dental assistant training schools, you’ll earn the skills and experience necessary for an entry-level dental assistant position. MTI’s dental assistant classes are taught by instructors with real-world experience in the dental field. You’ll get hands-on training in both a classroom and lab setting. The Dental Assisting Program concludes with an externship that gives you real working experience in the dental industry. Externship can help you learn what type of dental assistant position you may want to pursue after graduation. MTI’s accredited dental assistant programs help you develop the skills you need to start a new career!
HANDS-ON DENTAL ASSISTANT CLASSES
Radiographs & Impressions | Equipment Sterilization | Lab Work | X-Ray Procedures | Patient Education
MTI’s Dental Assisting Program in Illinois and Missouri is led by instructors with real-world experience. Through a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction, you’ll be trained in both clinical & administrative duties, including:
- Infection Control
- Restorative Dentistry & Dental Charting
- Prosthodontics & Dental Office Lab
- Dental Radiology & Office Administration
- Dental Specialties & Preventative Dentistry
- Employment Preparation & Review and Externship
Dental Assistant Certification
For dental assistant certification, students are required to take two of the three DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) certification exams: RHS (Radiology Health & Safety) and ICE (Infection Control Exam).
MTI’s Financial Aid Team provides personalized support to students applying for federal financial aid and help with understanding all the funding options, including scholarship opportunities.
MTI is here to help you attain the funding you need to take the next step in your education. MTI’s Financial Aid Team can help match you with scholarship opportunities you may qualify for.
Start a Career in Dental Assisting
Dental assistants perform a combination of both clinical and clerical duties, ranging from assisting dentists and dental hygienists, to working with patients and assisting with lab and x-ray procedures, and patient assessments. Other common dental assistant duties can include:
- Seating and greeting the patient
- Taking radiographs & impressions
- Suctioning, passing instruments
- Lab work
- Basic 4-handed dentistry
- Educating the patient
Dental assistant training at MTI prepares you to perform these clinical and clerical tasks through hands-on dental assistant training. The Dental Assisting Program also prepares you for dental assistant certification.At MTI, you get the hands-on training you need to work in a dentist’s office as a clinical dental assistant, dental laboratory assistant, and dental office administrative assistant. Hospitals and military bases may also provide career opportunities for you, or you may choose to specialize by working with geriatric or pediatric patients.
The dental field continues to grow as a result of the population living longer and advancements in procedures, treatments, prevention and cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for dental assistants will increase by 8% from 2021 to 2031, projecting an average of about 56,400 openings for dental assistants each year over the decade.
Find Dental Assistant Classes Near You
Find an accredited dental assisting training program near you at one of MTI’s four campus locations.
Dental Assisting Program Overview
Dental assistant schooling is your first step toward a rewarding career in the dental field. Here’s what you can expect when you attend Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) for your dental assisting education:
Quick Facts: Dental Assisting Program
A dental assistant works closely with a dentist, assisting in all dental procedures. The dental assistant enables the dentist to care for many more patients and to produce more dentistry than they could alone. Dental assistants handle a mix of administrative and clinical duties, so the scope of their responsibilities is wide-ranging, depending on where they work. MTI’s hands-on dental assistant training teaches you clinical and administrative skills so you can start a new career in the dental field.
To learn more, check out: What Does a Dental Assistant Do?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2022, the median annual wage for dental assistants was $44,820. Recent BLS data illustrates salaries are highest among dental assistants working in government positions, followed closely those working in dental or physician offices. Annual wages may depend on key factors such as your location and patient populations.
Dental assistants typically work in a dental facility, and can take on the role of a clinical dental assistant, dental laboratory assistant, or even dental office administrative assistant. MTI’s Dental Assisting Program will give you the skills required to perform in a clinical, laboratory or office setting.
To learn more, check out: What Does a Dental Assistant Do?
The dental assistant profession continues to grow as a result of the population living longer and advancements in procedures, treatments, prevention and cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for dental assistants will increase by 7% from 2022 to 2032.
Enrollment & Outcomes
Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program can be found in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses. For annual details, please visit our dental assisting enrollment and outcome page.
- Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
- MTI is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federally-funded financial aid programs.
For more information about our accreditations and approvals, please visit: https://www.midwesttech.edu/about-us/accreditation/
Midwest Technical Institute is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info: www.ibhe.org
Midwest Technical Institute is approved to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.