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Dental Assisting

1-Year Diploma Program - 44 Credits

As a dental assistant, you will play a key role in assisting dentist and hygienists in the many dental offices in Sioux Falls and across the nation. A professional dental assistant is integral to the many tasks required for oral healthcare, such as preparing x-ray machines, ordering supplies, mixing impression materials, record-keeping and instructing patients on oral care.

Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Your duties as a dental professional are administrative as well as clinical. The skills you need for Dental Assisting include: 

  • Interpersonal 
  • Technical 
  • Analytical 
  • Detail-oriented

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Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Dental Assisting program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates.

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Compare: Dental Assistant vs. Dental Hygienist 

As a dental assistant graduate from Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, you will assist in dental procedures, perform dental radiography, offer patient education and conduct office tasks. Your work provides direct aid to dentists, while a dental hygienist often works one-on-one with patients under less supervision.

Why Study to be a Dental Assistant at Southeast Tech?

During your training as a Dental Assistant, you will study in STC’s high-tech Terrence Sullivan Health Science Center. Your degree is backed by these other career-boosters:  

Credentialing: The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) has authorized graduates of Southeast Tech’s Dental Assisting program to earn credentialing through DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification program. Southeast Technical College graduates will be eligible to complete the CDA exam for certification.

Clinical Experience: During the final semester of your STC program, you will complete a clinical placement to enhance your learning.  

What Can You Do With Your STC Degree? 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has more than 140 dentists, creating a high demand for dental assistants who perform top-quality care.

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Explore Classes 

Southeast Tech’s year-long Dental Assistant program includes courses on dental radiography, tooth morphology, preventive dentistry, oral surgery and implant dentistry. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Marcia Jensen

Program Director
Dental Assisting
Health Center 209

Rebecca Carlson

Dental Assisting
Health Center 209

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If you’re interested in becoming a dental assistant, you might also be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech: 

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