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Dental Assistant program

  • Expert instructors with decades of industry experience
  • Train in a newly revamped lab with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Prepares you for the exams leading to a CDA certification
  • You may qualify for financial assistance

Program duration: 7 months plus 300-hour externship.

Enrollment is ongoing for the Dental Assistant program. Scroll down for program details or get info on how to register.

Dental Assistant program info

Program Description

The Dental Assistant program is 7-months long plus a 300-clock hour externship. The lecture and lab portion of the program is 640 hours, making the program a total of 940 clock hours. The 7-month program is set up with 9 modules. The first 8 modules are comprised of in-person lectures and labs. The final 9th module of the program consists of the 300-clock hour externship, which will be coordinated by the program director.

Our Dental Assistant program will provide students with the real-world didactic and clinical skills that are essential to working in a modern dental office. An applied learning approach to the DA curriculum is threaded throughout each module to help students further develop the tactile and critical thinking skills necessary to effectively support the dentist in any dental setting.

Students will learn the leading skills of modern clinical dental assisting armed with chairside and expanded function dental assisting knowledge gained in the classroom and the dental laboratory.

Students will complete the course with the clinical, technical, and professional skills they need to be successful in any dental practice. Upon completion of the seven (7) month program and 300 clock hour externship, students will have the professional, clinical knowledge, and proficiency required of a dental assisting professional.

Upon completion of the Dental Assistant program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Dental Assisting and will be eligible to take the ICE (infection control) and RHS (radiation health and safety) national exams to begin the pathway to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

These exams will be taken with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). After working in the dental field for 3,500 hours, the final exam component GC (general chairside assisting) will be taken and upon successfully passing all exams, the CDA will be issued through DANB.

CPR/BLS certification is required

A current CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association (AHA) is required. If you are not certified, you can take our CPR/BLS class to satisfy this requirement.

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted.

General Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants must submit or meet each of the requirements listed below, and copies of required documents must be submitted to the admissions office before the first day of class.

If you cannot obtain each requirement prior to the start date of your selected program or course, you will need to postpone your enrollment and resubmit a registration for a later start date.

Enrollments are conditional until all fees, paperwork, and admission requirements are completed.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High School Diploma or GED*
  • CPR/BLS Certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Valid State ID
  • Valid SSN card
  • Plain Black Scrub Set
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test result

The Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results can be a skin test, blood work, or chest X-Ray.

*Students that have obtained a high school diploma outside of the United States must have their educational credentials evaluated for US equivalency by a professional evaluation agency. Unevaluated foreign high school credentials will not be accepted.


Externships are an integral part of the Dental Assistant program at Mid-America College of Health Sciences. Through partnerships with reputable dental offices in our community, we’re able to provide our students with real-world experiences during the course of their studies.

Externship days and times may vary depending on site availability and schedules.  

Dental Assistant

Program Schedule

The Dental Assistant program has two different course schedule options to choose from.  Each option is delivered in-person and is 7 months long plus an additional 300 clock hour externship. A breakdown of each schedule can be seen below.

The program is 940-clock hours which includes 640 clock hours of lecture/lab and a 300-clock hour externship. The 7-month program is set up with 9 modules. 

Class Time
Weekday (Mon. to Thur.)
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
300 hours
Blended-Week (Thur., Fri., & Sat.)
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
300 hours

Available Start Dates

  • Sep 9, 2024 to Apr. 17, 2025
  • May 5, 2025 to Dec. 11, 2025
  • Sep. 5, 2024 to Apr. 19, 2025

Cost and Registration

The Dental Assistant program is $9,800.00 which includes the cost of tuition, textbooks, and lab supplies. There is an additional $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. 

Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Cash – (must be exact change)
  • Money order – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Cashier’s check – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Zelle – (Zelle payments are to be sent to AR@macohs.edu)


Tuition and fees are due in full before the first day of class unless the student has been approved for funding by a third-party sponsor or has been approved for a tuition payment plan. Students must meet with our admissions staff and sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement to be approved for a payment plan. Students approved for a payment plan are required to pay a deposit of $2,500.00 before the program start date.

Students may qualify for financial assistance through Great Jobs KCKansas Workforce PartnershipMissouri Full Employment Council (FEC), and more. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more details.

To speak with our admissions staff about this program, text or leave a voicemail at (913) 708-8323 . You can also speak to us in person at
10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204 

If you’ve made up your mind, register and start the enrollment process now by clicking the green button. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The Diploma in Dental Assisting you receive after completing our Dental Assistant program does not make you a Certified Dental Assistant, or CDA. For that, you’ll have to take and pass 3 external exams administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

To become a Certified Dental Assistant, you’ll have to take and pass 3 external exams, including the ICE (infection control) and RHS (radiation health and safety) exams. Then after working in the dental field for 3,500 hours, you then take the final exam, that is, the GC (general chairside assisting) exam. All 3 exams are administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

No, the CPR/BLS certificate requirement must be satisfied before you can enroll in our Dental Assistant program