Dental Assistant

It only takes one semester to gain the skills you need for a rewarding career as a dental assistant. The Dental Assistant program offered through College of DuPage Continuing Education offers comprehensive and varied training, composed of both classroom and hands-on activities.

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Continuing Education for Dental Assistants

Coronal Polish and Fissure Sealant

Following the guidelines of the Illinois Dental Practice Act, this course is designed to provide participating dental assistants with the proper background knowledge and clinical experience in coronal polishing to enable them to perform this procedure in a practice setting. A written exam is required for course completion.

Please note: Participants must agree to act as a patient for coronal polishing. Each participant must follow OSHA guidelines for infection control and use of clinical Personal Protective Equipment (mask, gloves, eye-wear, and clinic gown or lab coat).

Saturday, June 18
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0005-002, $495
Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1122

Dental Hygiene: Local Anesthetic Two-day Refresher
This is a comprehensive overview course that covers the current accepted delivery of local anesthetic administration. As professionals, you will use the knowledge gained from this course to refine and perfect your techniques. The guidelines for this course will follow the Illinois Dental Practice Act.

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HLTHS-0005-002, $595
Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1122

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For more detailed program information or to register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email


Dental Assistant Program Details



  • High school diploma or GED
  • English proficiency
  • No prior criminal background

Additional skills required: Psychomotor skills (hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe practice of dental assistant duties. Drug testing and a criminal background check may be required for employment.


Externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Classes do not meet during this time. 

Please note: Externships most often take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to graduate. Externship dates are given in the beginning of class to ensure ample time to make the necessary arrangements to complete this important requirement. 

Tuition and Financial Options

Payment is due at registration. A payment plan is available
This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check with workNet DuPage for eligibility requirements.


Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting may be for you.

The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent. Employment in this field is expected to grow 25% by 2022. Salaries will vary depending on hours, certification, experience and location, but may range between $23,540 and $47,850. 

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785


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