Dental Assisting Training and Education Program

It's never too early or too late to start a career as a Dental Assistant! 

Program Highlights

Students in this program will benefit from the following:

  • 6-month program of training and education.
  • Full time. Upon completion of this program, students are expected to pass the Denver Health Dental Assistant Final Exam to become a Dental Assistant.
  • 960 hours of education to include online learning, simulation labs, and experiential rotations at a minimum of seven dental clinics, 8 sites within the Denver Health system.
  • Hands-on learning directly within the industry, providing the best possible learning opportunities for our students.
  • Highly skilled and educated preceptors and staff.
  • Working in a healthcare setting that values our diverse patient population and workforce. 

For more information email DL_DentalAssistantProgram@dhha.org


Successful students have the following qualities:

  • Self-starter
  • Ambitious and motivated
  • Professional with a strong work ethic
  • Successful with online learning
  • Team-player, willing to jump in and help
  • Flexible and punctual
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • Welcomes feedback and looks for every opportunity to learn and grow 
  • Desires to learn and grow with us at Denver Health!

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of program application
  • Copy of high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of DH affiliate criminal background check and drug screen
  • Compliance with DH immunization requirements
  • Candidates are selected based on above criteria and interview results 

For more information email DL_DentalAssistantProgram@dhha.org


Program components and schedule

The curriculum for this program is divided into three educational modalities: 
        1. Didactic:         A minimum of 280 hours
        2. Simulated:      A minimum of 280 hours
        3. Experiential:   A minimum of 400 hours
                                                  Total: 960 hours

280 hours of the didactic portion of the program is a combination of bookwork and in person/online, and competency-based curriculum for training dental assistants. The simulation lab makes up 280 hours of the program and prepares students for the experiential portion, which is the largest component of training. During the experiential portion, students will have the opportunity to work in 8 dental clinic settings and obtain dental specialty training and shadowing opportunities in PEDS, OMFS, ENDO, PERIO, Ortho and IMPLANTS.


Overall Curriculum and Skills

Our curriculum objectives for the Dental Assisting Program gives our trainees firsthand experience practicing essential skills in a controlled environment that they will need in either private or clinical practices.

The Curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to Dental Assisting and Dental Terminology.
  • AHA (American Heart Association) Basic Life Support CPR training and certification.
  • OSHA and HIPAA training and certification.
  • Joint Commission training.
  • Dental Radiology training and certification.
  • Dental Specialties.
  • Dental Materials and Procedures.
  • Diagnostics and Orthodontics.
  • Epic training.
  • Patient Care and Management.

These skills include:

  • Taking dental radiographs and learning how to process.
  • Sterilization of dental instruments and equipment.
  • Checking in and rooming patients: taking patient medical and dental histories and vital signs. (Pulse, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Chairside assisting including using suction and passing instruments during patient procedures.
  • Education of patients on oral hygiene and pre and post op procedures.
  • Maintain and secure patient records and appointment schedules.