Dental Assisting

Program Information

Notice to students and prospective students:

This program and career includes exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. Training is included to protect both students and patients.

Dental Assisting

You can start your career in dentistry in as little as 9 months!

Information in this website is designed to assist current and prospective students of the Dental Assisting Program.

The Dental Assisting Program prepares its graduates for employment in the dental setting, with emphasis on current concepts of clinical assisting. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and is recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board.

After successful completion of the three quarter program, students are eligible to take the National Board exams and receive all certificates and licenses needed for employment as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant in the state of Oregon. 

If desired, all credits from the nine month program can be applied to an Associates of General Studies degree here at Lane. This AGS can then be applied to a Bachelors of Associated Science degree at many 4 year colleges and universities.

A dental assistant may serve as a clinical chairside assistant or work in dental office administration. Our program focuses on clinical chairside skills, and prepares the student for employment in all areas of dental assisting including the dental specialties of orthodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.

95 - 100 percent of the graduates find employment in the Eugene/Springfield area. The remaining graduates are able to find employment in other parts of the state. Starting salary in the Eugene/Springfield area averages $16.00 - $18.00 per hour.

What's the Dental Assisting program at Lane like?
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