Dental Assistant

Caring for patients

Think about your last dental visit. Your dentist likely worked closely with a dental assistant to perform your exam or procedures. Dental assistants are vital to the safe and efficient operation of the dental office—they assist the dentist in the treatment room, in the lab, and with business administration. If you’re interested in a career that focuses on helping people and offers plenty of variety in the workday, dental assisting is a great choice for you.

Career Area
Health Science
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • 1 Terms 
  • 16 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Starts Fall / Spring

Career Outlook

Dental Assistant

Median Income: $39,891.00*


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Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.



*As with any survey data, the wages presented here are prone to error and sampling bias. Educational decisions should not be entirely based on the data presented here. Graduate Outcome Survey data is from 2021-22 Lakeshore graduates.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application.
  • Complete the Background Check process and pay the applicable processing fee.
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Complete Technical Standards form.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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Dental Assistant classes are offered during the day, Monday through Friday.

Faculty Bios

Instructor Bios Books

Beth Koopman

Being a Dental Assisting Program Coordinator and Instructor means I get to use my past and present experiences in the dental field to help teach and mentor students into being successful students and future Dental Assistants!

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