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Dental Assisting

Become a valued member of the dental team in one semester and be in one of the fastest-growing career. As a Dental Assistant, you will make a positive impact on people's lives by providing a quality oral health care. COD's Dental Assistant program offers comprehensive and varied training, composed of both classroom and hands-on activities.  

Upcoming Classes

We offer multiple classes, including Saturdays and allows flexibility for our students to continue working while being prepared for their next career. The classes are offered during fall and spring semester, currently enrolling for Spring 2021. Please contact and receive information on the next Dental Assistant program!


Gain real-world experience through a 120-hour externship, while engaging with peers and instructors through an online platform. 120 externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Students must have their own transportation and be available to complete the externship.

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 advance to ensure ample time to make the necessary arrangements to complete this important requirement.

Information Session

Students are required to attend this introduction before registering for the Dental Assistant course. Topics covered include course logistics, expectations and an overview of dental curriculum. Register and attend the free information session.

Career Information

*The median annual wage for dental assistants was $38,660 in May 2018. Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will lead to continued increases in the demand for preventive dental services. 

We are committed in supporting to advance your career, complete this program and get a head start of COD's Dental Hygienist program.   


  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • 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.

Tuition and Financial Options

Tuition fee is $2,999 and includes externship. 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. Explore financial options for Continuing Education programs.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants,
on the Internet at (visited March 04, 2020).


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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).