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Dental Assistant

Our Dental Assistant school in Lafayette is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level dental assistants in dental offices and clinics or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these or other dental auxiliary occupations. Graduation from the program provides the student with the minimum requirements to sit for the National Registry Exam for Dental Assistants and for an advanced dental assistant course in expanded duties. By attending dental assistant training in Lafayette, students will learn to handle all of the duties a dental assistant is responsible for at the average practice.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months
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Nature of Dental Assistant Work:

Dental Assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping, in a dental office. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

Duties: Dental Assistants typically do the following:

  • Work with patients to make them comfortable in the dental chair and to prepare them for treatments and procedures.
  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials.
  • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures.
  • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses or other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper dental hygiene
  • Process X-Rays and do lab tasks under direction of a dentist
  • Keep records of dental treatments
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Work with patients on billing and payment

Delta College’s dental assistant classes will prepare students to handle these duties and more in under eight months.

Dental Assistant Job Outlook:

Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average for all occupations.

Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014


The median annual wage of dental assistants was $34,140 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupations earned more than  the amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,080, and the top 10 percent earned more than $47,420.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014

Delta College in Lafayette Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Certifications available through NHA
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Day Classes
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Eligible

Dental Assistant Classes – Delta College in Lafayette, LA

Program Disclosures

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:

O*NET Code Title of Occupation Title
31-9091 Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant School Costs:

Registration Fee:
$ 100.
Tuition through Graduation: $ 13,400.
Books and Supplies: included*
Total Cost: $13,500.
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.