Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

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  • Why Go into Dental Assisting
  • Careers
  • Program Information
  • Student Stories
  • Why Should You Go into Dental Assisting?

    The Dental Assistant program offers technical training to persons who want to work in dental offices or clinics. Students gain clinical and expanded function experience while assisting dentists in various treatment procedures in the campus dental clinic and in community dental offices. The program prepares its graduates for employment in dentistry by emphasizing current concepts in clinical dental assisting, developing proper work ethics, particularly in regard to accuracy, safety, conduct on the job, and recognizing the value of continuing education.

    The program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Graduating students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination, and the Radiation Health and Safety, and General Chairside Examination. Successful graduates receive a Dental Assistant Certificate and are eligible to apply for the Oregon Expanded Function and Radiological Proficiency Certificates.

    The Dental Assistant program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits. For full information about the admissions process please refer to the BULLETIN

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

    Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

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  • Program Information

    For information about applying to the program, please refer to the "Dental Assistant" Bulletin, which can be found here under the "Special Admission" heading. It is the students responsibility to read this bulletin thoroughly and ensure that all required application materials have been submitted prior to the deadline.

    For questions about the application, please contact the Academic Planning Advisor at (541) 917-4923.


    To become a certified dental assistant in Oregon, students must successfully complete an accredited dental assistant program and pass all three segments of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. The DANB is administered at computerized testing centers in Eugene and Portland. Students interested in working outside of Oregon must be aware that each state has its own regulations governing duties and requirements of dental assistants.

    LBCC's Dental Assistant program prepares students to take the DANB examination in three segments:

    The first segment, the Infection Control Examination (ICE), is taken during the December break after successfully completing fall term and the Dental Office Infection Control course.

    The second segment, the Radiation Health and Safety Examination, is taken during spring term after successfully completing three terms (60 hours) in radiology. A successful set of clinical x-rays will result in an Oregon Radiological Proficiency License.

    The third and final segment, the General Chairside Exam, is taken after completing all four terms of the program and 300 hours of office and clinical chairside assisting (as specified by the American Dental Association).

    Students who have successfully completed the DANB and the Dental Assistant program have earned the title of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

    Graduates are also eligible to apply for an Oregon Expanded Function License and the title of Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).

    Program Expenses

    Students have a high initial expenditure for supplies and books for the Dental Assistant Program. As the program continues, the student will be required to purchase competency packets, other textbooks, attend the annual conference, workshops and participate in national exams.

    Note: the fees listed are for the program only and do not include what students might have to pay for housing, transportation, etc.

    Approximate expenses for the four-term program include:

    Uniform, Barriers, Scrubs, Shoes, Name Tag & Safety Glasses $250.00
    Student Kit Fee (due prior to the first day) *price is subject to change $550.00
    Student Supplemental Lab Fee (Due at the July 13th meeting) $125.00
    ADAA Student Membership (Due at the July 13th meeting) $45.00
    Hepatitis B Vaccine, CPR & First Aid (approximation) $330.00
    Required Textbooks $550.00
    Transportation to clinical experiences Varies
    Graduation expenses $30.00
    Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees) $6800.00
    Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees) $6800.00

    (*Note: Tuition costs are at resident rates and are subject to change.)

    DANB Examination and Certification Fees:

    ICE Exam $250.00
    Radiation Health and Safety Exam $250.00
    Radiology Clinical Fee and Certificate $250.00
    RCDA Exam $250.00
    EFDA Certification fee (upon graduation) $50.00
    EFODA Certification fee (upon graduation) $50.00
    Estimated Total Expenses: $9780.00
  • Student Stories

    Read what some current and former students had to say about the Dental Assisting program

    Kim Burbank

    Kim Burbank

    Dental Assistant

    "Being a dental assistant is not just about helping the doctor. A big part of our job is giving good patient care and becoming an advocate for our patients. While job shadowing, really pay attention to the performance level and work that the assistant is doing. Dental assisting is very rewarding work. We get to see our patients leave with a smile that looks great."
    Alisa Turcott

    Alisa Turcott

    Finishing the Dental Practicum

    "After working in the food industry for years, I decided I wanted a career where I could make a good living and have good benefits. I knew nothing about dental assisting when I started, but getting registered was really easy. Since the program is a year long and preset, you just have to fill out the application, make sure you have your prerequisite classes done, and the rest is figured out for you." "The program is an expanded functions program, which provides more certifications, giving you a great starting point for working in the dental field. Besides general assisting, we certify orthodontics and oral surgery, and even learn to make temporary crowns. There's a list of stuff we learn to do that other general dental assistants can't do. LBCC's program also is a good jumping off point if you are thinking of going into dental hygiene or dentistry. Although it's a challenging program, the instructors are there for you 100 percent."

    Yvonne Cruz Alarcon

    Graduate, 2017

    "The Dental assisting program for me was a huge challenge. Being in the program was something stressful- every term was different. But knowing that the result at the end was going to be a better future for my family gave me courage to always do my best. My favorite thing in the program was my teachers. I think the experience that they all have of being dental assistants before teaching makes them better at what they do because they can give students tips and tricks on how to assist better. Having such great teachers who were always willing to help me and encourage me to do my best was a huge support. I am very thankful that I was able to meet awesome people and make some good friends."

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Linn Benton Community College in 1999 from the Dental Assisting Program. Received my Associates in General Studies in 2008 and my Bachelors of Science in Human Relations Corban University 2014. On a personal note I have been married for 25 years and we have a little boy that is 13 years old. I am a 4th generation Oregonian and proud of it. I have grown up in this area and really like it except for the weather at times :) (the rain, but without the rain it would not be green)...
Stacey Gerger
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