Dental Assistant

Contact: Tonja Bowcut, (208) 732-6708

The Dental Assistant Program curriculum offers courses for the skilled person to enter into the health care environment as an assistant in the dental office. The general education classes and credits are transferable to other Allied Health curricula or programs. The student is encouraged to obtain advising from faculty to ensure that the proper courses are completed prior to registration or transfer to other health programs. Additional information and current application requirements (including deadlines) can be found at: You must be a high school graduate or have completed the GED/HSE before applying to this program.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Gainful Employment data for this program may be found on the department web page:

Upon successful completion of the Dental Assistant program, a student will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental assistant including but not limited to collecting diagnostic data, infection control, radiographic procedures, restorative procedures, and laboratory procedures.
  2. Understand the ethical and legal parameters of the clinical practice and perform duties within these parameters.
  3. Utilize critical thinking skills and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with team members and patients while staying I compliance with HIPAA regulations.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with a dental office including prioritizing, organizing and time management skills.
  5. Prepared to successfully complete the three components (Infection Control, Radiation Health and Safety, and General Chairside) of the Dental Assisting National Board exams to become a Certified Dental Assistant.

Program Application Required: Yes

Sample Career Opportunities: Dental Assistants