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Dental Assisting Diploma and Degree Programs in Washington

There are 17 schools in Washington offering dental assisting diploma or degree programs. Read an overview of seven of these schools, program requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Of the 17 schools in Washington, 14 dental assisting programs are offered by public or private, not-for-profit institutions; 7 are profiled here. Each of the programs discussed in this article is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Studies in this field are offered at the associate degree level, typically through one of two degree tracks. Some programs are designed as terminal degrees, while others are designed for students who want to transfer to a 4-year university and pursue a bachelor's degree.


Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College is located in Tacoma and enrolls about 4,000 students. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program that requires 93 credits of study. Students in this program complete courses in topics like biomedical sciences, restorative services and chair side assisting. The program's curriculum also includes two clinical experiences.

Bellingham Technical College

This college is located in Bellingham. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. This program, which requires 90.5 credits of study, takes five quarters to complete. The curriculum covers topics like dental foundations, radiography and dental specialties. Students in the program must complete several practicums.

The school also offers this degree in a format designed for students interested in transferring to a 4-year school. This transfer program requires the completion of an additional 20 credits of study.

Clover Park Technical College

Clover Park Technical College is located in Lakewood and enrolls approximately 4,000 students. The school offers an Associate of Applied Technology in Dental Assisting program. The program is designed to allow students to transfer after graduation. Classes in the program cover topics like dental assisting skills, the foundations of clinical dentistry and dental terminology.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

This institute is situated in Kirkland and enrolls about 4,000 students. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program that requires 90 credits of study. Classes in this program cover topics like dental practice theory, pharmacology and restorative dentistry dental assisting. Students in the program also complete an externship.

Renton Technical College

Renton Technical College is located in Renton. The school, which enrolls approximately 3,000 students, offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program. This program is available in two formats; one is designed for students interested in transferring and one isn't designed for transfer. Coursework in this program covers subjects like clinical assisting, oral anatomy and preventative dentistry and nutrition. The program's curriculum also includes two internships.

South Puget Sound Community College

This community college is situated in Olympia. It offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Assisting Technology that requires 90 credits of study. Classes in this program include dental office exposure control, dental science and radiography. The program's curriculum also includes practical labs and a clinical experience.

Spokane Community College

Spokane Community College is located in Spokane and enrolls about 7,000 students. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. This program, which requires 111 credits for graduation, includes coursework covering topics like dental anatomy, chair side related theory and office management. The program also provides clinical experience.

Career Requirements

Washington requires that dental assistants be registered. The only educational requirement to become registered in the state is the completion of at least seven hours of HIV/AIDS education.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Dental Assisting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Bates Technical College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting $3,681 in-state and $8,676 out-of-state*
Bellingham Technical College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting, transfer and non-transfer options $3,389 in-state and $8,728 out-of-state*
Clover Park Technical College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Technology in Dental Assisting $5,382 for in-state and $12,855 for out-of-state students*
Lake Washington Institute of Technology 4-year (primarily associate's), public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting $3,880 for in-state and $9,218 for out-of-state students*
Renton Technical College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting, transfer and non-transfer options $4,836*
South Puget Sound Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate in Applied Science in Dental Assisting Technology $3,957 for in-state and $9,096 for out-of-state students*
Spokane Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting $3,388 for in-state and $8,726 for out-of-state students*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

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