It can take less than 2 years to become a dental assistant well-prepared to succeed right from the start.How much less depends on what educational pathway you choose. With Herzing University in Minneapolis you have two options:Diploma in Dental Assisting: 16 months (average)Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting: 20 months (average)Once you’ve graduated, all that’s left is getting certified to position yourself best to find your first job in dental assisting. Learn more about our options in dental assistingExplore Now Other Questions Is an associate degree in healthcare administration worth it? Can I earn healthcare administration certifications as an associate graduate? What is the Herzing nursing program curriculum? Is project management the right MBA concentration for me?