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Health Professions Division

Dental Assisting


The CEI Dental program provides the training necessary to become an integral part of the dental profession.  The curriculum follows the Idaho State Board of Dentistry guidelines. Dental Assistants perform everything from front office responsibilities to chairside tasks and laboratory procedures. 

You will learn front office and clinical duties including, scheduling patients, patient recall systems, filing, insurance procedures, ordering supplies,  infection control, sterile techniques, CPR, first aid, mixing impressions and cements, charting, radiology, sealants, coronal polishing, temporary crowns, and assisting the dentist. This program also offers you hands-on experience, supervised externships in area dental offices. 

For more detailed information:  /falcons/resources/programs/dtl-admissions-handout.pdf

What Jobs Can I Get?

  • Business Office Assistant
  • Chair Side Assistant
  • Sterilization Assistant
  • General Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Public Health Dentistry

How Long Will it Take?

Intermediate Technical Certificate
2 semesters + summer (1 year)

Why Dental Assisting at CEI?

  • Low Cost
  • Great Value
  • High Job Placement
  • Hands-on Training
  • Individualized Services
  • Small Class Size
  • Digital Radiology
  • Dental Computer Software
  • Certified Instructors
  • Idaho Expanded Duties Certification
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Clinic

What Real Students Say

"The EITC (CEI) Dental Assisting program was more than I expected. he state-of-the-art dental clinical lab and equipment is newer than most offices in the area. I have learned a lot with the variety of learning experiences. It is great when dentists are impressed with how much we know."

Miriam Lopez

"I really enjoy how ‘hands-on' the EITC (CEI) Dental Assisting Program is. It makes it so much easier to learn and understand the concepts, skills and procedures.  We get to experience many things that happen in a real dental office and it's made me want to work in the dental field even more."

Cydney Towell



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