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Discover A New Level Of Hands on Dental Assisting

Two women in dental assistant in training

Dental Anatomy and Terminology

Students will learn dental anatomy and terminology. Dentition, names, numbers, surfaces, both primary and permanent. OHSA requirements, sterilization procedures, autoclaving of instruments and disinfection of treatment areas. 

12 Clock Hours

Back Office and Procedure Set Ups

Students will learn instrument identification and receive hands on training in four-handed dental assisting for important procedures, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, sealants, oral surgery, and orthodontics. Students will receive training on CPR, vitals, intraoral camera, clinical charting, and periodontal pocket charting. Students will perform live coronal polishing on permanent and primary dentition.

60 Clock Hours

Front Office Training

Front office training will intel learning how to work the front desk in the dental office. Hands on training with Dentrix dental software, scheduling patients, how to answer phone calls, and entering insurance information. 

12 Clock Hours

Impressions and Models

Hands on training with impression materials, trimming lab models, and fabricating bleach trays and mouth guards. Students will learn about teeth whitening in this segment along with how the appointment goes and what the dental assistants roll is with teeth whitening. 

12 Clock Hours

Dental Radiography

Students will learn the importance of radiation safety, precautions, exposure errors, anatomy, intraoral and extraoral radiographs, infection control and how to use different types of film holders. Students will also gain hands on training with digital radiography equipment.

44 Clock Hours

Job Placement Support

Job placement presentation. Interviewing skills on how to prepare for a job interview, including proper dress, do’s and don’ts of an interview, resume preparation and a professional head shot.

4 Clock Hours

Open Procedure Week

Open procedure week will allow you to work on any procedure learned during the program to give you more confidence before you complete the Academy.

8 Clock Hours 

Total Clock Hours = 152

  • CPR Certification included in tuition​

  • DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam Fee included in tuition​

  • DANB Arizona Coronal Polishing (AZCP) Exam Fee included in tuition

A career as a Dental Assistant will give you the opportunity to play a critical role in a clinical environment, avoid boredom, and experience exciting change every day.
This Dental Assistant Program was thoughtfully handcrafted to provide a strong marketable foundation in radiographic, chair side, front office, and laboratory procedures.
Our job placement support program is carefully designed to help you market your new dental qualifications to separate you from the crowd, sharpen your job interview skills and provide you with a professional resume.
You can be fully equipped to prosper in the dental field in just 13 weeks at Desert Dental & Health Academy.

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Dental Assistant Class start dates:

Morning Class- Tuesday - Thursday (7:00am – 11:00am)

  • October 17th 2023 – February 1st 2024

  • February 13th 2024 – May 16th 2024


Noon Class- Tuesday – Thursday (12:00pm – 4:00pm)

  • November 14th 2023 – February 29th 2024

  • March 5th 2024 – June 6th 2024


Evening Class- Tuesday – Thursday (5:00pm-9:00pm)

  • January 16th 2024 – April 18th 2024

  • April 23rd 2024 – July 25th 2024


Program Entrance Requirements

The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, marital status, nation origin, race or religion.

If you are interested in signing up for the Dental Assistant Program we need the following:

  • A valid ID

  • Completion of an Admission Interview  (Done at the time you tour the school)

  • Must be at least 16 years of age (Under the age of 18 - Must have parental or guardian consent and signature)

  • High School Diploma, GED, Transcripts, or equivalent. Prospective students who do not have the following, must have a letter of recommendation.  

  • Know what payment option you are going to choose

  • Sign the Student Enrollment Agreement, Release of Liability, and Infection Control Policy


Tuition & Payments

Dental Assistant Program
Tuition Total $6500 

Tuition Includes: One set of scrubs, textbooks, supplies, materials, PPE’s, typodont, CPR Certification, DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam Fee, and DANB Coronal Polish Exam Fee.



We offer 5 payment options to help you out with payments, view below and choose the best option for you. 


Payment in full. Includes a 5% discount if paid in full in one transaction.


Three monthly payments, interest free, with the registration Fee of $200.00 put down to hold your seat. (First payment is due by the first day of class, and every 30 days thereafter.)


Seven Monthly payments, interest free, with a deposit of $2000.00 put down. ($200.00 of the deposit goes toward the registration fee.) (The first monthly payment is due 30 days after the first day of class and every 30 days thereafter.)


Student loan options through Paramount Capital Group (Needs to qualify) (apply online to see options).

If qualified, a deposit fee of $200.00 or $2000.00 is required depending on the option. Must apply online.


Payment through a grant program (Needs to qualify)

  • Below is information listed on agencies that might be able to assist you gain a grant opportunity through WIOA. Desert Dental & Health Academy is on the ETPL (Eligible Training Provider List). You can contact your local workforce office for more information:

Arizona @ Work – Maricopa Workforce Connection

Phone: (602) 372-4200 -Phoenix

Phone: (602) 222-1630 -Surprise

Phone: (480) 497-0350 -Gilbert

Phone: (480) 962-7678 -Mesa

Arizona @ Work – Phoenix Workforce Connection

Phone: (623) 247-3304 -51st Avenue & Indian School

Phone: (602) 861-0208 -7th Street & Dunlap

For more information about WIOA below is a direct link to their website:

Apply for YOUTH  WORKFORCE services through Maricopa County

Apply for YOUTH  WORKFORCE services through the City of Phoenix

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