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Photo of TSTC Dental Assistant student practicing on the lab equipment.Dental Assistants are a critical part of a successful dental team.  If you enjoy working with your hands, are an effective communicator, great listener and want the responsibilities that come with a professional career, dental assisting might be for you.

The Dental Assistant program at TSTC offers the training needed to enter the field. Students will learn to set up exam rooms, measure blood pressure, expose radiographs, take impressions, pour molds and fabricate temporary crowns. 

Dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists who are licensed to perform other tasks.

What you’ll do!

  • Master the skills needed to perform chair-side dental assisting
  • Practice setting up exam rooms, measuring blood pressure, taking impressions, pouring molds and fabricating temporary crowns
  • Expose and process dental radiographs to include digital and panoramic radiology
  • Master the skills needed to perform four-handed dental techniques

  • Implement standard precautions of infection control protocol

TSTC’s star power prep

  • Two semesters of intensive classroom and laboratory instruction

  • Training on software most commonly used in dental offices

  • Experienced staff with industry training, guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts
  • A small class size with a supportive one-on-one instructional approach

  • Dentist on staff


The Dental Assistant faculty is comprised of dental assistants and a dentist who bring years of professional experience in the field.

Additional Credentialing

TSTC’s Dental Assistant program can be completed in two semesters. Before completing the degree requirements, you will be required to pass the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Registered Dental Assisting Exam. The state required exam consists of jurisprudence, infection control and dental radiation health and safety.

Qualified graduates can boost their professional credibility with additional industry certifications such as Certification for Monitoring Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Conscious Sedation, and Pit and Fissue Sealant Certification from the Texas Board of Dental Examiners.  Credentials including orthodontic assistant, oral and maxillofacial surgery assistant and dental practice management assistant offer additional advancement opportunities.  

Small class size

At TSTC, our Dental Assistant classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.

Hands-on learning

Full-time students enroll for 12 credit hours and receive individualized instruction for 24 hours per week.  As a student, your schedule will dictate your progression.  In addition to listening to multimedia lectures, you will gain hands-on, instructor-supervised laboratory experiences in preparation for tests of mastery and the next level of instruction. 

Advisory Committee

TSTC wants to make sure you learn what you need to succeed!  With an advisory committee consisting of current dental professionals, who meet annually to direct the program’s curriculum, TSTC ensures its programs match industry needs.  This partnership makes it easier for TSTC graduates to be work ready as graduation approaches.

Become what the dental industry is seeking. As dental professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what their industry is seeking.



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