Dental Assisting (Traditional & Hybrid Tracks)

Dental Assisting

Application deadline - Traditional Track Option - June 15/Hybrid Track Option - October 15

The OTC Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), and the only accredited dental assisting program in the Southwest Missouri area.  Accreditation allows students to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam upon completion of and graduation from the program. The students will also graduate with their Missouri Expanded Functions Certificates. The OTC Dental Assisting program maintains high standards required by the ADA and is a highly respected program in the community, and therefore, there are quality standards in place, with high performance expectations of students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Assistants will experience a much faster than average job outlook.

The OTC Dental Assisting program prepares students to:

  • have the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information
  • obtain technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fullfil the role as a dental assistant
  • display professional behavior consistent with employer expectations for a dental assistant

The OTC Dental Assisting program has two completion options: the Traditional Track and the Hybrid Track. 

Traditional track option - consists of classes scheduled during the dayime hours and require students to attend all classes in a "seated" format on the Springfeld campus.

Hybrid track option - consists of classes primarily delivered in an online format, but require some face-to-face laboratory and clinic time on Springfield campus and/or surrounding dental offices. 

Whichever option is selected, all applicants are required to attend a dental program advising session at least once per academic year, to learn what is required prior to and during the application process.  Dental program advising sessions are offered frequently and no appointment is necessary.

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.

Dental Assisting - Required Courses

Admission Information

Estimated Program Costs

Dental Assisting FAQs

Dental Programs Faculty

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