A group of happy dental assisting graduates pose under a tree

The Right Foundation

The Dental Staff Institute was formed to provide you with the basic knowledge and technical proficiency to enter the dental field. This foundation will help you achieve the expertise necessary to succeed immediately as a dental assistant upon graduation.

We also offer advanced skills courses for those who want to take their career to the next level or who need North Carolina dental assistant certifications. These classes are given every few months and we offer them in a convenient format using live online lecture, in-person lecture and hands-on training. Each class exceeds the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners requirements and we focus on making sure that students leave confident in both their new knowledge and skills so they can bring them back to their offices and patients.

Dentakl assisting students with dentist getting hands on exercises.

The Right Class Size

Class size is small and spaces are limited at the Dental Staff Institute.

We purposefully keep class sizes smaller than our competition because frankly, you can’t learn all there is to know about becoming a dental assistant at such an accelerated pace without a lot of personal attention from your instructors.

Typically, the overall class size for the full course is about 12 students. This enables us to break you into groups of just three or four for clinical exercises. For many clinical days, we bring in additional instructors to bring the student teacher ratio down and increase your clinical hands-on time.

The Right Instructors

Speaking of instructors, we feel that ours are the best in the business.

Our instructors are DA II’s (Dental Assistant Level II) who have decades of experience in the dental assisting field. All lead instructors have sat for the DANB – the Dental assisting National Boards. They have not only been in general practice but also oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and orthodontics as well. This diverse background gives our students a well-rounded experience.

Our coronal polishing certification classes are taught by practicing registered dental hygienists. Dental hygienists have focused their training on soft tissue care and treatment so it’s obvious that they are the right fit to teach.

Our founders and doctors will also be there for your clinical wrap-up, exercises in four-handed dentistry and career lectures. We believe it’s important for students to comfortable and we are there to answer questions and help you put it all together.

dental assistant students taking radiographs

The Right Track

Did you know that many schools simply buy a “canned” curriculum that they are reselling to you (at a big profit)?

We have created our training from scratch using our years of experience in the dental field and input from our own dental assistants and instructors.

We have based our curriculum on “Modern Dental Assisting” – the same exact textbook many junior and technical colleges like CPCC and York Tech use for their year-long DA II courses. Though the testing model and skill development is the same, we have formulated our own materials to fit our much faster pace. We are always finding ways to improve our curriculum and we believe it is the best, most comprehensive, in the area.

Dental Assistant Students doing clinical coursework.

The Right Idea

We genuinely want our students to succeed.

After opening out dental office here in 2005, we hired a few assistants that graduated from other schools. We soon realized that they were not getting the preparation that they needed to succeed in the profession. We started our School in 2008 because we found there was a need for exceptional dental assistants that were taught to a higher standard. That need is even greater now in the Charlotte area.

Our graduates go on to find success because we do everything we can to give them the tools. When you succeed, we do too! In the end, your knowledge and skills are a direct reflection on how well we have done to prepare you.

Our directors and instructors take a personal pride in your achievements because, after all, your goals are our goals.

The DSI Team