Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting


Dental Assisting student

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.

The Lane Dental Assisting Program prepares its graduates for employment in the dental setting, with emphasis on current concepts of clinical chair side assisting. The program is fully accredited, 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.  All credits from the nine month program can also be applied to an Associates of General Studies degree in the 2 year option here at Lane.  This AGS can then be applied to a Bachelors of Associated Science degree at many Oregon 4 year colleges and universities. See the catalog listing for the current 2 year curriculum.

A dental assistant may serve as a clinical chair side assistant, secretary-bookkeeper, office manager, or laboratory technician. Our program focuses on clinical chair side 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 $15.00 - $16.00 per hour.

To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to CastleBranch, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access CastleBranch, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.

Dear Students:
Please be aware that you will be required to have a minimum 2.0 gpa at the time of graduation in order to graduate and receive your certificate or associate's degree from LCC. Please also be aware that only LCC courses count toward your final gpa.

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One-Year Certificate of Completion

Dental Assisting

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Standard Occupational Classification: 31-9091.00

For a profile of this occupation go to the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net website: Dental Assistants

Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Surgical Technologists

How many students completed the Dental Assisting 1-year Certificate in 2013-14?

In academic year 2013-14, 37 students completed this certificate.

What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?

Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 10.8% completed on time.

NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.

How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?

Lane County: 17;  Statewide: 192

What wages are forecast for this occupation?

Lane County hourly average - $20.32; annual average - $42,274
Oregon hourly average - $19.55; annual average - $40,658

How much will the program cost?

(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)

  • Resident tuition and student fees - $5,100
  • Differential fees - $952
  • Books, supplies, other program costs - $5,002
  • On-campus room and board - Not offered
  • Total estimate - $11,054

What's included?

Explanation of costs

What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?

Federal loans - 9,407
Private loans - Not available
Institutional financing - $0