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  1. Regional Accreditation:  Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, 800-621-7440, www.ncahlc.org).   This means all students attending Herzing University are attending an accredited institution.
  2. State Approval:  All programs at the Minneapolis Campus of Herzing University are approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, Minnesota  55108-5265, 651-642-0533, www.ohe.state.mn.us).  Herzing University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Registration does not mean that credits earned at the institution can be transferred to all other institutions.
  3. Nursing program:  The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Minneapolis campus is approved by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing  (2829 University Avenue SE, #200, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414-3253, 612-317-3000, www.mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing).    Consequently, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program.  Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a Registered Nurse.   The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Minneapolis campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
  4. Dental Hygiene program:  The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA, 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678, 312-440-4653 www.ada.org/100.aspx).   Consequently, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the CRDTS Examination, which (upon successful completion) would provide the graduate the opportunity to become a Licensed Dental Hygienist (LDH).
  5. Dental Assisting programs:  The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program and the Diploma in Dental Assisting programs at the Minneapolis Campus are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA, 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678, 312-440-4653 www.ada.org/100.aspx).  Consequently, graduate are eligible to take the examinations leading to Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
  6. Occupational Therapy program:  The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20824-3449, 301-652-AOTA, http://www.acoteonline.org).  Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
  7. Medical Assisting Services:  The Diploma in Medical Assisting Services program at the Minneapolis Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).   Consequently, students completing the program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (www.aama-ntl.org).
  8. Legal Studies:  Graduates of the Associate of Science in Legal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs available online at the Minneapolis Campus are eligible to take the Certified Paralegal examination through the Association of Legal Assistants (http://www.nala.org ).   These online programs are not programmatically approved by the American Bar Association (ABA, 321 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598, 800-285-2221, www.americanbar.org ).  There are no plans to seek this approval for these online programs.  Some employers may prefer graduates from an ABA approved program.  Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this approval on their hiring decisions.
  9. Health Information Management:  The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management programs offered online by Herzing University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM, 233 North Michigan Avenue, 31st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601-5800 312-233-1100 www.cahiim.org).  Students enrolling through this campus must take their core HIM courses online.  Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam and graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam both offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  10. Accounting:  The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University, even when combined with the Herzing University MBA, may not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in some states/jurisdictions.  In addition to requiring a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours but this varies by jurisdiction), most states/jurisdictions require specific coursework as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting to be eligible to apply for licensure.  Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the accounting program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which Herzing University programs do not have,  and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained.  Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state Board of Accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program.  Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.
  11. Other Programs.  No other programs at this campus have specialized programmatic accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of specialized programmatic accreditation on their hiring decisions.

The Herzing University dental assisting programs prepare graduates for the wide range of work they will be handling as professionals. This includes both hands-on patient care as well as the equally important tasks related to office scheduling, patient payments and treatment records.

Dental Assisting Program Comparison Chart

Program availability varies by location.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Diploma in Dental Assisting4716
Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting7124
*Average number of months for students to complete program

As a Dental Assistant, you will perform a variety of tasks including chairside assisting, patient education, taking radiographs, polishing teeth, taking impressions and much more. In addition, these professionals can also be involved in office-related tasks such as scheduling and confirming appointments, maintaining treatment records, handling patient payments and ordering supplies and other materials.

Diploma in Dental Assisting

These diploma programs prepare graduates to successfully perform chair-side assisting, laboratory procedures, administrative duties and other expanded functions. Download Program Course Sheet

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting

In addition to mastering the dental assisting duties as listed for the diploma, graduates of this program also gain a well-rounded background with the degree-required general education courses. They are prepared to enter a bachelor’s degree program such as the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. Download Program Course Sheet

Ask about transferring your prior credits into a Herzing Dental Assisting program!

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .

To succeed in these growing career fields, Minnesota requires candidates to graduate from an accredited program.

  • Dental assisting graduates will be prepared to sit for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Licensing Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) exam to become a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA) in the State of Minnesota and earn the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).


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