Dental Assistant


The Dental Assistant program trains students in the skills necessary for employment in a dental office as a member of the dental care team. Students will become proficient in increasing the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care. 

Course Information

This 160-hour course is a complete course designed to provide instruction in the duties and skills of a Dental Assistant. 

Occupation Overview

The duties of the Dental Assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. Because many dentists employ two or more dental assistants, employment opportunities in this field are excellent. 


Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 

 Average salary in Texas  $32,700 

 Average salary in Killeen area $34,300

Cost Breakdown:

Tuition                                                                                                                                                                $2,300.00

Registration                                                                                                                                                          $100.00

Student Completer Form Deposit                                                                                                                    $50.00

Books                                                                                                                                                                   $200.00

Supplies                                                                                                                                                                $150.00

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification                                                                                                                 $50.00

TOTAL COST                                                                                                                                                      $2,850.00

Additional Expenses:

  • Scrubs (cost varies)
  • Registered Dental Assistant Certification Exam ($65.00 through UTSA)
  • Registration fee: $36.00
  • Annual Renewal fee: $32.00