Dental Assistant


The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

What is 'Dental Assisting (DENT)'?

A dental assistant takes on significant responsibility as a member of the dental healthcare team, as they greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care.

The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. Some specific tasks dental assistants may perform include: assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures, asking about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse, teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling), performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer and more.

Why Choose Mcc?

  • Metropolitan Community College’s Dental Assisting program was the first dental assisting program in Nebraska, and was established by the dental community.
  • Small class sizes ensure each student gets the help they need.
  • MCC has experienced Dental Assisting faculty with more than 65 years of combined experience.
  • The Dental Assisting curriculum is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the American Dental Association.
  • Graduates are X-Ray and Coronal Polish Certified in the state of Nebraska.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
  • All Dental Assisting classes are conducted on the South Omaha Campus, except for clinical experiences.
  • The Dental Assisting Program has agreements/contracts with Creighton Dental Clinic and more than 50 private dental offices for our students. Students do not have to find their clinical sites.
  • The length of the program is one year (four quarters) with classes held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Affordable education with tuition, fees, books and uniforms costing a little more than $6,900. 

Is it for you?

If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you!

Jobs and Salary expectations

The Dental Assisting program helps graduates find the right employment opportunity for each graduate, with a 90 to 100 percent success rate. The large range of opportunities include general dentistry, specialty dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery and insurance companies. Salaries and benefits vary.

Program Faculty

Kristine Vacha, BS, CDA
Joan Trimpey, BS, CDA, Program Director/Instructor

Program Descriptions

  • Dental Assisting (DEACE) - certificate of achievement, teaches basic knowledge of all facets of dental assisting and develops a strong background in the care and restoration of the oral cavity and a working knowledge of all chairside and laboratory equipment and its care
  • Professional Health Studies Associate (PHSDO) - associate in applied science, for students who have successfully completed the one-year Dental Assisting program and plan to fulfill additional General Education requirements


  • Meet with an advisor in the Student Services Center at the campus location of your choice to further discuss the field of dental assisting. For questions specific to program requirements, contact Joan Trimpey 531-MCC-4675.
  • Make arrangements with the advisor to complete the required College Compass/Asset Basic Skills Assessment. Obtain assistance with initial course selection and registration from the advisor. If developmental courses are indicated by the assessment test, you must enroll in these classes. You are encouraged to complete as many of the General Education and program Support Classes as possible prior to your formal acceptance into the Dental Assisting program.
  • Complete the Program Admission form. Note: To be considered for admission to the Fall class, your application must be received by July 1. Late applications may be considered for admission of qualified candidates if seats are available.
  • Provide two references, included with online application materials.
  • Submit a copy of high school diploma or GED.
  • Schedule yourself to complete the PSB-Health Occupations Exam.
  • Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary schools you have previously attended.  Metropolitan Community College cannot initiate the transfer of your credits; you must contact each college or university, personally. Note: To be official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the granting institution to:

    Metropolitan Community College

    Attn: Dental Assisting Program

    P.O. Box 3777

    Omaha, NE  68103-0777

  • Before you receive your final acceptance into the program, you will be required to meet the technical standards as stated in the Dental Assisting Application packet. You will also be required to pass a background check and drug test, the cost for which will be billed to your student account.

Dental Assisting Admission Packet Fall 2019