Dental Assistant

Program Guide

Application for Admission

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

  Gainful Employment

Dental Assistant Handbook

Admission Packet

Handbook Questionnaire (AFTER Application for Admission)      


The Program

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that through 2018, dental assisting will be one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, and with the pressing need for skilled individuals in this area, Salina Tech’s Dental Assistant Program can be the first step in a stable and rewarding career.

Students who enroll in this program will learn how to perform a wide range of duties important to dental care, including: chairside assisting, first aid, radiology, office and lab procedures, and practice management. In addition to classroom work, students receive over 300 hours of real-world clinical experience at a variety of dental facilities so that when they do graduate, they can feel confident in their ability to do their job, regardless of the position they are in.

Students admitted to the Salina Tech Dental Assistant Program are subject to contact with blood and/or body fluids.  The Salina Tech Dental Assistant Program follows all OSAP infection control guidelines, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen, Exposure Control Guidelines, and the Universal and Standard Precautions throughout the pre-clinical, lab and clinical experiences.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will be able to:


1.) Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.) Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.) Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.) Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.


1.) Assist in clinical dental procedures.
2.) Manipulate dental materials to perform laboratory procedures associated with dental treatments.
3.) Apply principles of radiation hygiene and safety, utilizing correct techniques to obtain diagnostic radiographs.
4.) Demonstrate concepts of infection control.
5.) Gather and record diagnostic, patient, and treatment information.
6.) Provide patient education.
7.) Assist in medical and dental emergencies.
8.) Perform basic dental business office procedures.
9.) Maintains confidentiality and professional ethics.
10.) Participates and communicates effectively as a healthcare team member.
11.) Salina Tech Dental Assistant students are required to take the DANB test in order to fulfill program requirements.


Physical Requirements / Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this program, students are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear; both in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms. The student is occasionally requried to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

9 Months


Brooke Horner, Program Administrator, M.S., CDA, RDH

Kate Benton, CDA, Clinical Lab Assistant


Expected Starting Salary

$27,000 - $35,000

Career Opportunities

Solo & Group dental practices

Specialy Practices

Oral & Maxiofacial Surgery Centers

Endodontics & Periodontics


Dental Laboratories


Insurance Companies

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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