Dental Assisting


Smile About Being a Valuable Dental Care Team Member

Dental Assisting is a licensed dental profession dedicated to the oral health care for patients of all ages. As a vital member of the dental team, you are involved with assisting the dentist and the hygienist along with independently performing procedures. You will take x-rays, place sealants, take teeth impressions and work directly with a dentist completing procedures essential to the oral health of patients. Other duties you might complete include treatment room and tray setups, infection control, patient record management, manipulation of dental materials and patient education. 

The South Central College Dental Assisting program offers you the opportunity to learn in a real word simulation lab and perform many professional tasks requiring interpersonal and technical skills. SCC’s Dental Assisting program meets the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation Standard for Dental Assisting. In the program you will complete foundational courses at the North Mankato campus, continue clinical courses at Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of a cooperative arrangement with their Dental Hygiene program and complete two internship rotations within the dental community. Once you successfully complete the program and the written board exams, you will be licensed through the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry.

Admission Date: Fall Semester
Application Packet: Application Window for Fall 2018 opens January 22, 2018
South Central College Credentials: Location:North Mankato Campus


The Dental Assisting Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Dental Technology
  • Dental Science
  • Oral Anatomy
  • Radiology
  • Dental Nutrition
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Practice Management
  • Safety

Employment Outlook

A career in Dental Assisting can provide you with a career with a good salary, pleasant working conditions, and flexible work hours. The current high demand for Dental Assistants is expected to continue and should provide for ample opportunities for advancement and mobility. 

Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 409 416 1.7% $20.83 $43,326
State 5,647 5,936 5.2% $20.87 $43,409

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Dental Assisting Grads Placed*

78% 87% 100% 0% 82%

Dental Assisting Grads Continuing Education+

33% 10% 11% 0% 0%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 

Program Advisors
Jenny Dumdei BA, LDA, CDA RF
(507) 389-7478
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Stephanie Culhane LDA,CDA
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