Dental Assistant: Online Certificate Program

A dental assistant working with a patient

This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Join the growing dental healthcare field and gain the in-demand skills needed to give excellent dental care to patients and admin support to dentists. As a dental assistant, you can jumpstart your career in the medical field and make a real difference, without years of schooling.

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Course length

460 hours

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Weekly time commitment

15-20 hours

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In our Dental Assistant Certificate Program, you will learn about dental anatomy, dental procedures, patient communication, infection control and medical emergencies. You will also learn how to perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, managing patient records and billing.

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam and become a Certified Dental Assistant, which is recognized by many employers as a measure of competency and professionalism.

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

“Michigan offers an average salary of $37,140, with opportunities available to earn more as you grow in your career."

Source: Forbes

Is this Dental Assistant Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you interested in working closely with patients and providing essential dental care and support?  
  • Do you enjoy collaborating in a team-oriented environment within the dental field?  
  • Are you excited about learning diverse dental procedures and utilizing advanced technologies?  
  • Are you willing to learn how to handle dental instruments and equipment?  
  • Are you motivated by the prospect of helping patients achieve and maintain oral health?  
  • Do you possess good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination for performing dental tasks?  
  • Are you a good listener and communicator, capable of empathizing with patients and addressing their concerns effectively? 

Career Paths

Dental Assistant
Dental Office Manager
Dental Sales Representative
Dental Insurance Claims Processor
Dental Lab Technician
Dental Hygiene Educator
Dental Hygienist (Additional Education Required)
Dentist (Additional Education Required)
Dental Surgeon (Additional Education Required)