Thursday – October 17, 2019

Dental Assistant (2019-2020)

Also offered: Bilingual Dental Assistant

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program code: 30-508-2

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview —  Attain the skills required to assist with dental procedures under the supervision of a dentist.

You will learn a variety of patient care techniques that are performed under the supervision of the dentist during examination and treatment of patients. Other duties typically performed by a dental assistant include preparing patients for treatment, exposing and processing radiographs, assisting with dental procedures, and obtaining dental records.

Courses in the curriculum blend both academic and clinical competencies. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two semesters.

Students will practice these skills during their clinical experience in a dental practice. Attributes that will contribute to success include a neat and well-groomed appearance, conscientious work habits and good interpersonal skills.


MATC also offers bilingual (Spanish) courses for this technical diploma program. Bilingual program start date is August only.

Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Employment opportunities for trained dental assistants are available in private offices, hospitals and clinic settings. The demand for dental services continues to increase. As dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks. 

For more information, visit the Dental Assisting National Board, or the American Dental Assistants Association,

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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


Admission Requirements — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

In addition, one year of high school-level biology or chemistry is suggested for this program.

Possible Careers
Dental Assistant (CDA)
Orthodontic Assistant
Sterilization Assistant


Related Programs
Healthcare Customer Service
Dental Hygiene
Dental Technician

Start Dates: August/January (Bilingual program start date is August only.)

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Sixteen-Week and Eight-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students






Dental Health Safety (16 weeks)





Dental Materials (16 weeks)





Dental Chairside





Dental and General Anatomy  (8 weeks)





Applied Dental Radiography



    (or) DENHYG-103 Dental Radiography  


Dental Assistant — Clinical  (8 weeks)





Dental Assistant Professionalism







Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2019.