The Learning Centers at Today’s Dentistry Dental Assisting program is a 14-week program intended to help students acquire their dental radiography certificate and prepare them to apply for the Oregon Basic Dental Assisting exam as well as the Oregon Expanded
School Calendar, Class Schedules, and Program Starting date
Program runs 14-week blocks starting March 1, 2024
The following holidays will be observed, and classes will not be held. Memorial day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Holidays are not counted as part of the contracted time schedule.
The total hours of each program vary and are dependent upon the curriculum. Business hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Classes are scheduled for Friday’s only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.. Lecture and labs will combine throughout the 14 weeks.
Upcoming Course Dates:
March 1, 2024 – May 31, 2024
Future dates determined by enrollment
The Learning Center at Today’s Dentistry features an up to date facility with a reception area, lecture area with up-to-date video equipment, and lab facilities. Training equipment includes x-ray equipment for digital imaging, sterilization area for practicing instrument processing and sterilization, multiple operatories for implementing and practicing dental assisting skills, and a designated area for students to study. The school has a break room for students with a microwave, refrigerator, sink, table, and chairs. Several lavatories are available for male and female students. Parking is available in a well-lit parking lot. The facility is located in close proximity to public transit. This is an ADA accessible facility. The maximum class size is 10 and the student/teacher ratio is 10 to 1.
Oregon Radiology Health and Safety course: 20 hours of lecture and 15 hours of practical instruction. Learning outcomes – Have basic understanding of dental radiography, understand health risks of radiation exposure, radiation safety for the patient and employee, and the ability to identify landmarks and restorations on images.
Introduction to Dental Assisting and Infection Control exam preparation: 30 hours of lecture, 30 hours practical instruction. Learning outcome – proficient in dental assisting skills, knowledge of head and neck anatomy, dental instrumentation, sterilization techniques, instrument processing, dental procedures, HIPPA and OSHA regulations.
Expanded Functions Dental Assisting: 20 hours lecture, 15 hours practical instruction. Learning outcomes – Ability to coronal polish, take dental impressions, place matrix bands, place rubber dam, polish amalgam and composite restorations, fabricate and place temporary crowns, place temporary fillings, and cement removal.
Students are required to wear scrubs to all lecture and lab classes. Hair must be worn up and out of the eyes. Small earrings that do not dangle are acceptable to wear. Due to wearing gloves during lab classes, large rings with prongs should be removed for lab classes. Fingernails should be short and nail polish should be light colored. Any facial piercings need to be removed or covered up, and any visible tattoos need to be covered.
This is a certificate program. Upon completion of the program, you will have taken the Oregon Dental Radiation Health and Safety exam through DANB, applied for the Oregon Basic Dental assisting exam and well as applied for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant exam. Clinicals for Radiology and Expanded Functions will be done in a dental office.
The school maintains transcripts for a minimum of 25 years.
Tuition and Additional Costs
Total cost of training including tuition, fees, deposits, and other charges necessary to complete the program.
Registration fee: $50
Textbooks and workbooks included in tuition.
Supplies and materials included in tuition
Licensing/testing fees: Radiation Health and Safety exam: $270 – included in tuition, Oregon Basic exam $275 – included in tuition, Expanded Functions exam $250 – included in tuition.
Clinicals for Radiology and Expanded Functions are responsibility of the student.
Total cost to the student including tuition and registration fee is $4,750.
Financial Aid Assistance
The Learning Center at Today’s Dentistry does not currently provide financial assistance for this program.