Dental Assisting

Next class starts: 8/15/2024

View full schedule here.

Registration Eligibility: Adults & High School Seniors

High school students must be age 16 or older. Learn more.

Transfer Credit Opportunity

Credit hours for completing this program can be transferred to UVU. Learn more.


Lehi Campus - Building A
Orem Campus - Building A
Spanish Fork Campus - Building A
Wasatch West Campus


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To be an effective Dental Assistant you will need to understand the in’s and out’s of clinical practice and office administration. In MTECH’s Dental Assisting program, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills in real-life settings and externships. 

The Dental Assisting Program consists of classroom and lab, and trains students in all aspects of both clinical chair-side assisting as well as an introduction to office administration. 

You will have the opportunity to work on classmates and bring in patients for learning non-invasive procedures like suctioning and taking impressions. The classroom/lab portion will be held on campus but also includes field trips and some hybrid assignments to do off-site. This valuable introduction into the dental field will prepare you for a successful career as chair-side assistants, hygienists, lab technicians, specialty assistants, dentists, product representatives, etc.

During the Dental Assisting program you will also complete an externship. This may be completed simultaneously with the classroom/lab portion or may be completed after the course. During your externship you will be able to work on-site at a dental office to observe and assist in daily tasks. This valuable hands-on experience gives you an introduction to the industry and gives you a chance to practice the skills learned throughout the program.

Students will be responsible to arrange their own externship site, in coordination with the instructor. Students are required to have at least 15 hours per week while doing the externship in Term 4. After the grading period, students complete their externship at their own pace, but it must be completed by July 31st.

Clinical coursework may include, but is not limited to chairside and laboratory procedures, sterilization, preparing instruments/materials, charting,  obtaining dental x-rays, and medical emergency skills. 

Office Administration coursework may include front office soft skills, customer service, entering patient records and data, privacy of health information, and basic software knowledge.

This program is eligible for Financial and Veterans Aid! Learn more

For more information, contact the Senior Program Coordinator.
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Julie Francis

Adults and high school seniors 16 and up.

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opens April 23, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. online on the MTECH Student Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.

Upon registration, you will register and submit payment for the first course in the program. Some fees and materials may be required upfront, while some may be paid later throughout the program.

While not required, you may make a deposit, in person or online, for the full program upon registration to be held in your student account.

  • Students must satisfy the entrance requirements with the testing center.
  • Students must submit proof of a TB Test done within one year of the start date and the Hep B immunization before being eligible to register. Please send proof to
Spring 2024Orem Campus1101/8/202411/7/20247:30 AM10:30 AMM-Th
Spring 2024Orem Campus1101/8/202411/7/202411:30 AM2:30 PMM-Th
Fall 2024Lehi Campus2128/15/20246/13/20257:30 AM10:30 AMT-F
Fall 2024Lehi Campus2128/15/20246/13/202511:30 AM2:30 PMT-F
Fall 2024Lehi Campus2128/15/20246/13/20256:00 PM9:00 PMM-Th
Fall 2024Spanish Fork Campus1188/15/20246/13/20257:30 AM10:30 AMT-F
Fall 2024Spanish Fork Campus1188/15/20246/13/202511:45 AM2:45 PMT-F
Fall 2024Wasatch West Campus2218/19/20246/13/20257:30 AM10:30 AMT-F
Fall 2024Wasatch West Campus2218/19/20246/13/202511:30 AM2:30 PMT-F
Spring 2025Provo Campus1091/6/202511/9/20257:30 AM10:30 AMT-F
Spring 2025Provo Campus1091/6/202511/9/202511:30 AM2:30 PMT-F
Schedule Notes: Day students will complete a three-hour hybrid assignment in place of coming to class on Mondays. Students will complete a 180 hour externship upon completion of the class.
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Total hours: 750

Course Descriptions
Course NameCourse HoursCourse CreditsExternship/Clinical/ WBL CreditsTuition ($120/credit hour)Course Fees
Dental Assisting I – Intro to Dental Assisting12040$480.00$305.00
Dental Assisting II – Infection Control12040$480.00$47.00
Clinical Procedures I9030$360.00$86.00
Dental Assisting III – Patient Information1204$480.00$47.00
Specialties I – Orthodontics, Pediatrics, Prosthodontics)12040$480.00$47.00
Dental Externship 1804$480.00$0.00
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Upon registration, you will register and submit payment for the first course in the program. While not required, you may make a deposit, in person or online, for the full program upon registration to be held in your student account.
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Registration Fee:$40.00
Application Fee:$0.00
Student Fees:$532.00
Required Materials:$100.00
Industry Exam Fee:$0.00
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  Course-by-course cost breakdowns can be found on the “Courses” tab above. Upon registration, you will register and submit payment for the first course in the program. Fees and materials may be required upfront, while some may be paid later throughout the program. While not required, you may make a deposit, in person or online, for the full program upon registration to be held in your student account.
Required MaterialsQuantityNotes (ISBN numbers, etc)Cost
Modern Dental Assisting Textbook; 14th Edition1 978-0-32382-440-8 included in fees
Dental Terminology Textbook1978-0-35745-682-8included in fees
Dental Assisting Training Modules1included in fees
Infection Control Gown; 3-pack1included in fees
TB Test1Cost may vary depending on health insurancevaries
Hepatitis B (series of 3)1Cost may vary depending on health insurancevaries
Scrubs2Ordered through Logo It On according to your program $100.00
Total Cost of Required Materials$100.00
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Optional MaterialsNotes (ISBN numbers, quantity, etc)Cost
Colored Pencils8 color minimum$3.00
Dental Instrument Pocket Guide978-0-32367-243-6$46.50
Total Cost of Optional Materials$49.50
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  • MTECH Certificate in Dental Assisting
  • Healthcare Provider BLS and First Aid Certification
  • OSHA Certification
  • Radiology Certification


At MTECH, you will join an exclusive group of graduates who benefit from a commitment to excellence shared by everyone at the school. From instructors who deliver a relevant, industry-driven curriculum to academic counselors focused on ensuring you have the tools you need to succeed, we all share the same goal: your success as a student.

Program length
12 months
Total cost
Lehi Campus - Bldg. A
Orem Campus - Bldg. A
Spanish Fork Campus - Bldg. A
Wasatch West Campus
Program length
12 mos
Total cost
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Course Descriptions

Dental Assisting I - Intro to Dental Assisting
The Dental Assisting l (Introduction to Dental Assisting) course introduces the student to the dental assisting profession and teaches the fundamental concepts and principles necessary to fully participate as a member of the dental team.
Dental Assisting II - Infection Control
The Dental Assisting ll (Infection Control) course lays out the fundamentals of oral diseases, infection control, microbiology, and safety procedures in the dental office.
Dental Assisting III - Terminology, Radiology, Dental Office
The Dental Assisting lll (Patient Information) course introduces patient records and how to obtain and organize patient information. Instruction in measuring and recording vital signs is highlighted. This course also introduces the use of dental materials in a clinical setting. The storing, mixing, transferring and applying of materials is integrated in the instruction. Finally, this course introduces lab materials and procedures; the skills necessary to take alginate impressions; pour and trim casts and fabricate mouth guards and custom trays.
Clinical Procedures
The Clinical Procedures course identifies the proper use of instruments and equipment at the chair, and how to treat a medical emergency should one occur in the dental office. This course also explores a basic knowledge of the use of anesthesia and sedation in dentistry. An understanding of patient treatment procedures and pain control in the dental office is discussed.
The Specialties course introduces the clinical concepts and basic skills related to the different specialties in the dental field and how their treatment is individual for each one. Types of orthodontic treatment, removable and fixed prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, and oral maxillofacial surgery procedures are discussed.
Dental Externship
The externship course presents the opportunity to practice skills acguired in dental assisting at a working dental office of clinic under the supervision of a licensed dentist.