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Dental Assistant

Location: Workforce Training Center

Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Winter/Spring Course: January 11 - April 26, 2024

Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program

This is a competency-based apprenticeship for those currently working in a dental practice who wish to become Dental Assistants. This program is intended for areas outside of the Coeur d'Alene metropolitan area where the student is currently employed in a dental practice. Attend live classes and in-class demonstrations via Zoom, augmented with online class assignments, quizzes, and exams. When registering, you must include a Dental Hygienist or Dentist who will be the Clinical Preceptor. The Clinical Preceptor will work closely with our instructors to guide students in meeting the Clinical Competencies of the Apprenticeship.


* The application window opens November 3 and closes December 15, 2023

Dental Assistant Program (In-person)

Choose an exciting and challenging career in dental assisting. You will gain essential skills to enter the dental assisting profession through a competency-based learning approach. This program will prepare you to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) registered dental assistant (RDA) certification exam. Classes meet in the evening every Tuesday and Thursday. There will also be seven class sessions which will meet on Friday morning.

Dental Assistant Program Application

* The application window is open from October 6 to October 27, 2023

Once your application has been accepted and reviewed, you will be notified of the status of your application. Proof of High School Diploma, GED, or letter from a high school counselor verifying student is on track toward graduating will be required. Please submit pre-requisite documents to the Sr Administrative Assistant for the Health Careers Dept, Sarah Martin. For questions about this, please call (208) 769-3221 or email here.

Funding options are available.

Please note that you can begin a Nelnet payment plan before acceptance into the Dental Assistant program.  Please know that creating a payment plan does not guarantee you a spot in the program.  If you are accepted into the program, please get in touch with Customer Service at 769-3214 to get registered.  If you are not accepted, you must call Customer Service to cancel your payment plan and arrange for a refund of the amount you have paid.  Please note that the $50 registration fee will not be refunded.  Also, be aware that your refund could take up to 4 weeks to arrive after it has been requested. 

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"I’ve been with Loftus Family Dental for over seven months now and I could not be happier with my current profession choice. Thank you so much for all that you taught me and helped me to achieve through the dental assisting program." ~Suzannah, Dental Assistant Graduate 

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