Dental Assisting Programs
Take the right steps to launch your career as a dental assistant. The Dental Assisting Program at Bellingham Technical College will provide top job training so you’ll learn how to assist dentists in caring for patients and how to work effectively in a dental office and in the lab.
By successfully completing BTC’s top training in Dental Assisting, you will achieve the following outcomes to be a successful dental assistant who can:
• Apply academic, technical, and professional skills to effectively contribute to the dental health team.
• Apply cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory, and science.
• Expose and evaluate intraoral and extraoral radiographs using radiation safety and processing skills.
• Apply critical-thinking, problem-solving, and positive work ethics as they directly relate to the dental assistant profession.
• Validate the importance of national certification and participation in professional activities and education opportunities for further dental assistant training.
Associate Degree & Certificate Programs
Choose BTC’s Dental Assisting Program to train for a position as a dental assistant. Learn how to provide patient care, perform office duties and lab work, while working alongside dentists as they examine and treat their patients.
The AAS-T degree in Dental Assisting prepares you for a variety of bachelor’s degree programs with transferable coursework and in-demand technical skills. You’ll be ready to apply to selected four-year degree programs at a college or university. Or, like students who choose the associate (AAS) degree, you can go directly to work as a dental assistant after graduation from BTC.
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Students also may choose the Dental Assisting Certificate, an 85.5 credit-hour program.
After acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program and before beginning courses, students will need to fulfill pre-program requirements for the AAS and AAS-T degrees or Dental Assisting Certificate.
Dental Assisting Jobs & Employment
Graduates of the Dental Assisting Program find employment opportunities in Bellingham and throughout Washington state in dental, orthodontic, and periodontal offices, as well as in hospitals, public health departments, or clinics.
BTC’s top-quality dental assistant training is widely respected by dental professionals. That’s why 91% of BTC Dental Assisting students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $41,631, with an earning potential of about $48,360 per year.
Bellingham Technical College’s dental assistant degree and certificate programs offer hands-on education and courses to sharpen your communication skills so you can be a vital member of dental health care teams.
91% BTC graduate placement rate
$34,923 starting annual wage
$41,631 average annual wage
$48,360 potential annual wage
Employment and wage data sources
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.