Dental Assisting - Certificate of Achievement

The Dental Assisting program at OTC provides instruction on intra-oral dental procedures and direct patient care experiences. Students will develop skills to assist dentists with chairside care, provide oral health instructions to patients and perform laboratory procedures required for dental treatment. Students will also learn the basics of how a business office operates.

The Dental Assisting Certificate requires the same program courses as the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting, however, the certificate program is designed for students who live in a state where licensure does not require a full degree or those who are already working and want to expand their knowledge base. Students who complete the program requirements are qualified to take the national examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). This program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit

The Ozarks Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program is the only program in Southwest Missouri accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Work in a dental office or laboratory
Assist dentists
Provide direct patient care
Prepare instruments and supplies
Learn basic dental office procedures
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition
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Average Length: 1.9 Years
Credits: 39*
Average Salary: $36,310*
Graduation Retention Rate: 100%*

Possible Careers

Dental assistant
Dental laboratory technician
Dental office manager
Dental supply representative

*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

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


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

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