Modern Dental Assisting Course

104 Clock Hours Clinical and Didactic Instruction
12 Clock Hours Observation and Externship
Now Includes Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification!

Saturday Session 8am to 5pm

Tuition and Fees Total $ 3,965.00

Course Description

The Modern Dental Assisting: DA Level I Certification course at Dental Staff Institute consists of 104 hours of lecture/lab preparation and a 12 hour hands-on clinical externship in a general dental office with a practicing dentist. Learning consists of a combination of live lecture, remote lecture and hands on clinical coursework. Students completing the program will obtain a Dental Assistant (DAI) certificate. Students will also obtain a Dental Radiography certificate, OSHA certificate, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate and a CPR/AED card at the end of the course. The state of North Carolina recognizes all of the certificates issued. Students will be able to accept a position upon completion of the program.


The dental externship is required once the student has completed the thirteen-week training preparations. This 12 hour experience will allow for review of all the techniques and skills developed over the previous weeks. Students must complete all hours within six weeks of the last day of class. Students will graduate and receive their certificates once the externship is complete.

DAII Disclosure:

A student completing all of the requirements of this program will be classified as a DAI in North Carolina. DAII classification requires successful completion of:

  1. Full-time employment and experience as a chairside assistant for two years (3,000 hours) of the proceeding five, during which period the assistant may be trained in any dental delivery setting and allowed to perform the functions of a DAII under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist;
  2. a) a 3-hour course in sterilization and infection control;
  3. b) a 3-hour course in dental office emergencies;
  4. c) radiology training consistent with G.S. 90-29(s)(12); and
  5. d) current certification in CPR; or
  6. Successful completion of the certification exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, and current certification in CPR.