Dental Assisting Program

dental assistant

Midwestern Career College’s Dental Assisting program prepares individuals to provide patient care, take dental radiographs (x-ray photographs), prepare patients and equipment for dental procedures, and discharge office administrative functions under the supervision of dentists and dental hygienists. The program includes instruction in medical record-keeping, general office duties, reception and patient intake, scheduling, equipment maintenance and sterilization, basic radiography, pre- and post-operative patient care and instruction, chairside assisting, taking tooth and mouth impressions, and supervised practice.

*This program is not yet eligible for Title IV Financial Aid. Approval is in process.

Campus:Study format:Start date:
Evergreen Park Campus Extension (new location coming Fall 2021)Hybrid10/25/2021
Program Length: 60 Instructional Weeks/3 Terms

Program Goals

The dental assisting program provides an education based of required skills based in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences. The curriculum provides entry-level theory and hands-on training in basic and routine clinical and office tasks. The major emphasis of dental assisting education is based on ethical and moral competencies required to facilitate comprehensive care by current theory. The dental assisting program will utilize criteria based on clinical practices related to Certified Dental Assisting/Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

What Dental Assisting Do?

Dental assistants perform a variety of duties in the dental field. Duties include but are not limited to: therapeutic communication, multicultural interaction, psychology, oral anatomy, dental charting, infection control, radiography, dental materials, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatrics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, pharmacology and pain control, medical and dental emergencies, oral evacuation and instrument transfer, law and ethics, and dental office management. The assistant is responsible for chairside instrumentation, equipment safety and reception activities.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • take dental radiographs (x-ray photographs);
  • prepare patients and equipment for dental procedures;
  • discharge office administrative functions and medical record-keeping;
  • maintain equipment and sterilization;
  • provide chairside assisting;
  • take tooth and mouth impressions.


MCC’s Dental Assisting program prepares students to sit for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) certification.


6 Credit hours are included in the program.

Admissions Contact Info


203 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601

312-236-9000 ext. 1



Mon – Thu 9:00A.M. – 6:00P.M.

Fri 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.



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