Dental Assisting

Making Smiles More Beautiful.

A dental assistant is an important part of the dental team. Under the direction of a dentist, dental assistants can perform a variety of dental procedures including finishing and polishing composite restorations, taking impressions, and developing radiographs. Dental assistants must be able to work on a team, have good manual dexterity, and have good communication skills.

During the 16-month Specialized Associate degree program, students can learn four-handed dentistry, dental procedures, and office procedures. Students learn in a simulated on-site dental clinic and complete two externships to gain valuable real world experience with patients. Bradford School's dental assisting program also includes expanded functions.

We encourage you to visit us and learn why our dental assisting graduates Finish First!

Click the button below to learn more about our on-time graduation rate, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information. 


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Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.



Click here for the Bradford School Dental Assisting Infectious Disease Policy.



At Bradford School, our dental assisting faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes to succeed.

Our class sizes are usually smaller, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one-on-one attention. You’ll be learning in a simulated dental lab which is equipped with the industry standard equipment you will find in dental practices.

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With our Dental Assisting program, you can learn about:

  • Chairside assisting
  • Taking and developing radiographs
  • Various dental materials and instruments
  • Placing composite restorations


Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.7

As a Bradford School graduate, our career placement department can help you start your career by finding the right job! 

We’ll also be there to prepare you by helping with resume writing, interviewing practice, and job searching. And most importantly, we’ll be there for you throughout your career whenever you need help.

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Bradford School graduates can work for: 

  • Private Dental Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Dental Clinics


Bradford School offers a 16-month associate in specialized technology degree in dental assisting. Most of your classes are specific to preparing you for a successful dental assisting career. You can graduate quickly and start working!

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog.

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  • Dental Health Science and Nutrition
  • Principles of Practice Management
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chairside Assisting I
  • Chairside Assisting II 
  • Chairside Assisting III 
  • Chairside Assisting IV
  • Dental Materials I
  • Dental Materials II 
  • Dental Radiology I
  • Dental Radiology II
  • Dental Assisting Extramural
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting I
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting II
  • Dental Assisting/EFDA Extramural 


As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Bradford School, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.

Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Program
TUITION (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Tuition Per Semester* $7,690
ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $1,674
Lab Fees Per Semester $250
*Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Program is 4 Semesters
**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.





The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


Potential applicants may find the following information at institutional accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.

Credit Transfer From Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other accredited colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student’s program. 

Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Director of Education to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Bradford School. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges provided the grades received for the courses were “C” or better. Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Bradford School. Because programs at Bradford School are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. 

Credit is not granted for advanced placement or experiential learning. One exception is credit for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Bradford School may award credit based on these recommendations when the credit is for courses similar in nature, content, and level to that required at the college. 

Students seeking credit for military training should provide a transcript from the American Council on Education for evaluation. Credit will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation. 

Credit Transfer To Another School

The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. 

There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Bradford School are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Bradford School are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Bradford School nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. 

A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. 

Bradford School will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program.

Dental Assisting Infectious Disease Policy 

A copy of the Dental Assisting Infectious Disease Policy can be found by clicking this link.




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As a Dental Assisting student, you will be able to:

  • Graduate and be ready to work quickly
  • Use our proactive career services department
  • Take hands-on, career driven classes
  • Learn from faculty with experience in your field
  • Finish First!