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Dental Assisting Program
Herzing University - Minneapolis

Program

Dental Assistant ranked among the Best Health Care Support Jobs in America for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.

A top growth career in the booming field of healthcare.

Dental assistants now play a key role in dental offices in Minnesota and across the country. As the demand for dental services continues to grow, these professionals are being called on to handle a broader range of responsibilities.  You can prepare to join this growing career field by earning your associate degree or diploma in dental assisting from Herzing University in Minneapolis - then study toward a dental hygiene degree while you work.  

A career as a dental assistant could be right for you if you:

  • Are very precise and detail oriented
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Have strong visual/spatial abilities
  • Have good dexterity
  • Have good communication and people skills
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Are interested in teeth and promoting oral health

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Available at the Minneapolis campus only

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Pathways

Follow your career pathway with Herzing

Diploma in Dental Assisting Program
  • Program length: 16 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Diploma in Dental Assisting
Associate Degree in Dental Assisting Program
  • Program length: 20 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Associate of Science in Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree Program
  • Program length: 36 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Tuition & Cost

16-20 months | 47-68 credits

$441 per credit

after scholarship*

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*When student accepts awarded scholarship.

Tuition & Cost

With Herzing University, an affordable, career-focused education in dental assisting is within your reach. We are always striving to make college more affordable for everyone.

Opportunities for financial aid include:

Requirements

Dental assisting program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Dental Assisting program include:

  • Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Careers

Career possibilities in dental assisting

Dental assistants work closely with, and under the supervision of, dentists. For many, this entry-level occupation provides basic dental assisting training and experience and serves as a steppingstone to more highly-skilled and higher paying jobs.

Some dental assistants become:

  • Chairside dental assistant
  • Dental front office staff
  • Dental office receptionist
  • Office managers
  • Dental assisting instructors
  • Dental product sales representatives
  • Insurance claims processors for dental insurance companies
  • Others go back to school to become dental hygienists

As a dental assistant, you will likely 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.

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is expected to rise 11% from 2020-2030, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations. Dental assistants in Minnesota earn a higher salary on average than any other U.S. state ($53,670 per year, $25.80 per hour).*

Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures. In addition, numerous job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave for other reasons.

Now is a great time to begin earning the education you need to join this growing career field.

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

1. The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting and the Diploma in Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.  The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda. Consequently, graduates are eligible to take the examinations leading to certified dental assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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Minneapolis Campus

Come visit our campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn more about Herzing’s dental assistant programs and how we can help you reach your career goals.

Minneapolis Campus

435 Ford Road
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
 (612) 360-2484

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