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Dental Assisting
Associate Degree Program - Minneapolis, MN

20 Mo.

Program length


Hybrid

Format

68

Credits


$446

Cost Per Credit

Earn an associate degree in dental assisting with Herzing University

AccreditationCODA accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Hybrid trackChoose on-campus classes or our unique Hybrid Track, offering online delivery of main program coursework; available through our Minneapolis campus
Transfer creditUp to 51 approved credits
Career prepGraduates will be prepared to sit for the Dental Assistant State Licensure Exam (DASLE) (MN), Jurisprudence Exam (MN), and the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) exams to become a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA) in the State of Minnesota and become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Start your new career path as a dental assistant

Dental assistant ranks among the best health care support jobs of 2022, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Current Minnesota residents seeking a new career path may find good job opportunities in the dental field. Dental assistants earn a higher salary in Minnesota than another other U.S. state. According to 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dental assistants in Minnesota earn an average salary of $53,080 per year ($25.52 per hour).*

Employment of both dental assistants and dental hygienists is expected to rise 11% from 2020-2030 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s a great time to join the growing dental career path as a dental assistant in Minnesota.

Our dental assisting associate degree program is designed to help you become a dental assistant, and prepare you for potential career advancement, including the dental hygienist career pathway.

  • Available through our Minneapolis campus—for Minnesota residents
  • Class topics include pre-clinical dental assisting, dental science, radiology, dental management, ethics, jurisprudence, and required general education courses
  • Advance to dental hygienist faster: after earning an associate degree and becoming a dental assistant, you may transfer gen ed credit into a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Begin your new dental career path. It IS possible with Herzing University.

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

Classes & curriculum details

Discover the knowledge and skills to excel as a dental assistant and build a strong foundation to continue advancing your career in the future.

Our career-focused CODA accredited1 associate degree curriculum combines core dental assisting courses with online general education courses to provide you with the well-rounded college education necessary to succeed in your unique career path.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting2068
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses

All courses, 45.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 21.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communication 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 21.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Choose how you learn with Herzing

We strive to provide maximum flexibility for students, because we know everyone learns differently and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to education. Our associate degree program is designed for you.

That’s why we offer multiple delivery options for our dental assisting program:

  • On-campus classes. Take all courses in-person at our campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Hybrid Track. Take main coursework online, and complete laboratory and clinical coursework at our state-of-the-industry dental clinic in St. Louis Park (1 or 2 weekends per month).
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Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Associate of Science in Dental Assisting program is $446 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Requirements

Dental assisting program enrollment requirements

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

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

Classes Start January 9th

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The goal of the dental assisting program is to train the student to become a productive member of the dental health team. This includes preparing the student for a variety of duties performed by the dental assistant in the contemporary dental office, including chairside assisting, laboratory procedures, administrative duties, and expanded functions. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students to successfully gain entry-level employment as a dental assistant.

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Herzing University - Minneapolis

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

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Accreditation & Disclosures

Accreditation & Disclosures

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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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting Minneapolis Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$33,660.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (51 x $495.00 )(-$25,245.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$8,415.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$980.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
52
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6817
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$36,110.00$9,395.00
Estimated Savings*
$26,715.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Minneapolis campus:

Heather A. Boes
Director of Financial Aid
(763) 231-3160
hboes@herzing.edu

Shana Harrison
Senior Financial Aid Advisor
(763) 231-3177
shharrison@herzing.edu

Clayton Groth
Senior Financial Aid Advisor
(608) 395-3413
cgroth@herzing.edu

1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.