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Dental Assistant Program


Tonja Bowcut

(208) 732-6708

Program Overview

The Dental Assistant Program curriculum offers courses for the skilled person to enter into the health care environment as an assistant in the dental office. The student is encouraged to obtain advising from faculty to ensure that the proper courses are completed prior to registration or transfer to other health programs. Students must be a high school graduate or have completed the GED/HSE before applying to this program.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all required courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Admission Process

The deadline for application is June 1.

All students must first apply for admissions to CSI and be accepted to the College.

In order to apply for the Dental Assisting program, the following items need to be on file in the Program Director's office. Items may be sent to Tonja Bowcut, College of Southern Idaho, Health Sciences & Human Services Department; P. O. Box 1238, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1238 OR they may be taken directly to her office, Room 125 in the HSHS Building.

  1. Apply for the program
  2. Unofficial high school transcripts or GED/HSE and all unofficial college transcripts. (Official transcripts must be on file with the Office of the Registrar.)
  3. Placement Test Scores- Students must place at the English 101 and general education math level (such as Math 123) to be admitted to the dental assistant program. Students who have taken and passed English 101 and Math 123 (or other general education math course) do not need to submit placement scores.
    • Math - The College of Southern Idaho uses the ALEKS Test for math placement. This test can be taken in the Academic Development Center located on the second floor of the Meyerhoeffer Building or at any CSI outreach campus testing center.
    • English - The College of Sourthern Idaho uses the Write Class Assessment for English Placement. This test can be done from any device with internet access. Click here to access the assessment. The Write Classs assesment can only be taken once.
  4. Resume
  5. Cover letter
  6. Three professional forms of recommendation (must be sent directly to the program director).

Students are selected on a point system. In the event that there are more applicants than seats available, the applicants having the highest points will be admitted.

Once accepted into the program, students will receive forms and will need to complete the following:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Tuberculin screening
  • Evidence of good health statement from physical or nurse practitioner
  • Updated tetanus booster
  • Current criminal background check
  • Drug screening dated within 6 months of entering program
  • CPR certified (Healthcare Provider Certification preferred)
  • Health insurance

It is strongly recommended that the 9 credits of general education be completed prior to program admission.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Dental Assistant program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental assistant including but not limited to collecting diagnostic data, infection control, radiographic procedures, restorative procedures, and laboratory procedures.
  2. Understand the ethical and legal parameters of the clinical practice and perform duties within these parameters.
  3. Utilize critical thinking skills and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with team members and patients while staying I compliance with HIPAA regulations.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with a dental office including prioritizing, organizing and time management skills.
  5. Prepare for successful completion of Dental Assisting National Board Exams.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Dental Assistants

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at