Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Certificate

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What is Dental Assisting?Dental Program Student Working

A dental assistant is an important member of an efficient dental team--providing a valuable service to both the office and the patient. An assistant anticipates the need of a dentist and aids in intraoral procedures, takes x-rays, prepares lab work, is responsible for disinfectinon/sterilization protocols, and can also perform office administrative duties.

Program Options

Illinois Valley Community College’s Dental Assisting Program is completed in three semesters or one full year. After the completion of the required courses, you will receive a Certificate in Dental Assisting. Students successfully completing the Dental Assisting Program at Illinois Valley Community College will be considered Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (EFDA). This is a designation that is currently only awarded to graduates of IVCC's Dental Assisting Program.


Additional Certificates will also be awarded after the successful completion of the program including:

  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
    • Coronal Polish
    • Enamel Sealants
    • Nitrous oxide monitoring
    • Vitality testing
    • Composite placement
    • Amalgam placement
    • Final impressions (material and digital)
  • Coronal Scaling
  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
    • After successful completion of IVCC's Dental Assisting Program, students are eligble to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam to become Certified Dental Assistants. This prestigious title offers higher wages, and superior knowlege.
  • AAS in Dental Assisting
    • Students have the opportunity to complete an additional 19 credit hours of general education courses chosen from the Gen Ed Package, and obtain an AAS in Dental Assisting.

Features of the Program

IVCC’s Dental Assisting Program prepares you for an active role in dentistry through classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experiences in modern, high-tech facilities where highly experienced and qualified dental professionals teach and supervise all on- and off-campus activities. Members of the dental community also donate their time and expertise to the program to ensure well-rounded and highly trained dental assistants enter the workforce.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website at and at
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify at

Careers in Dental Assisting

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Career Options in Dental Assisting

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  • Private and Group Practices    
  • Specialty Practices      
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Dental School Clinical          
  • Hospitals         
  • Insurance Companies
  • Education       
  • Dental Laboratory       
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A Few Things Dental Assistants Do

  • Direct patient care
  • Four or six-handed dentistry
  • Office management
  • Fabricating oral appliances
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Obtaining medical/dental history
  • Patient Assessment
  • Vital signs
  • Post-op instructions
  • Inventory/Supply Ordering
  • Impressions
  • Digital, Film, Phosphor Plate Radiographs
  • Coronal Polish (EFDA)
  • Coronal Scaling (EFDA)
  • Enamel Sealants (EFDA)
  • Place Amalgam and Composite Restorations (under dentist supervision) (EFDA)
  • Material/Digital Finam Impressions (EFDA)
  • Tooth Vitality Testing (EFDA)

Program Coordinator and PT Faculty/Lab Instructors




Program Coordinator
Office: B-324
Mrs. Seghi; Faculty Web Page Email

PT Faculty/Lab Instructors

Katie Henkel BS, RDH, CDA
Mrs. Henkel; Faculty Web Page Email
Lyndsey Beetz, BS, RDH, CDA
Mrs. Beetz; Faculty Web Page Email
Hannah Simcich, CDA

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