Dental Assisting Degree (A.A.S.)

The Dental Assisting Program trains students to aid dentists and dental hygienists with day-to-day tasks. Dental assistants’ duties vary based on their employers’ needs but typically include organizing tools, preparing patients and office management tasks. The Dental Assisting (A.A.S) degree requires the same program courses as the Certificate but includes general education requirements to give students well-rounded credentials. This program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. Once admitted, students choose one of two tracks: Traditional or Hybrid. The Hybrid Track provides a significant portion of the learning activities online. Students will attend laboratory classes on campus and at outside clinical sites. To view application details, visit Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Successful completion of this exam makes the student a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Find work in a dental office or lab
Assist patients and help maintain their comfort
Prepare equipment for dentists and hygienists
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: $7,874.00*
Out-of-district Tuition
: $11,036.00*
Average Length: 2.9 Years
Credits: 62*
Median Salary: $36,310*
Graduation Retention Rate: 98%*

Possible Careers

Dental assistant
Dental laboratory technician
Dental office manager
Dental supply assistant

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Institutional Electives

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Janet Sell
Dental Assisting Program Director


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