Dental Assisting

Learn the skills you need to become an essential member of a dental health care team.

Dental Assisting
AAS degree, 63 credits
Diploma, 48 credits

The M State Dental Assisting program educates students to be essential members of dental health care teams. Students learn skills necessary to:

  • Work closely with dentists during direct patient care, including diagnostic, preventive and operative procedures
  • Manage business office responsibilities such as appointment scheduling and billing procedures
  • Perform dental lab procedures
  • Provide expanded functions authorized by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry such as taking digital dental x-rays, polishing teeth, placing dental sealants, fabricating temporary crowns, administering nitrous oxide sedation and orthodontic duties

The curriculum includes general education courses; biomedical and dental science courses; on-campus lab and clinical practice at our Moorhead campus; and off-campus clinical affiliations in general, community and specialty dental practices.

Graduates are eligible to write the:

  • Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam
  • Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Licensure Exam
  • Minnesota Board of Dentistry Jurisprudence Exam

How to apply

1. Apply to M State

2. Review the Dental Assisting program admission requirements

3. Apply to the Dental Assisting program* (The fall 2024 application deadline is May 15.)

4. Review the Dental Assisting Application Assessment

* You must be accepted to M State to access the Dental Assisting program application.

Program accreditation

The M State Dental Assisting program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The program has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. 

CODA can be contacted at 312.440.4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. Its web address is

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