Dental Assistant

For people who enjoy working in a dental and business office environment, our Dental Assistant program can prepare students to work in a variety of positions in the dental field, including careers as dental assistants or in the front office.

You can start the Dental Assistant degree or certificate program fall or spring quarter. Be sure to fill out the Dental Program Requirement Packet.

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Potential Careers

Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant Pay

In the state of Washington, the median wage for dental assistants is $39,400 per year.

Full details are available at careerinfonet.org.

This is not a guarantee of a certain wage.

Dental Assistant Growth Outlook

It's predicted that the number of dental assistant jobs in Washington will grow by 19% between 2010 and 2020.

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This is not a guarantee of employment.

Dental Assistant Job Duties

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

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This is not a guarantee of employment.

Dental Assistant Tuition & Fees

Estimated tuition and fees for our Dental Assistant Degree — the recommended degree for this career path — are $8,819.50.

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Meet the Instructors

Roberta Wirth, instructor in Clover Park Technical College's Dental Hygienist program
Roberta Wirth

Roberta Wirth graduated from CPTC’s Dental Assistant program in 1983 and worked in pediatric and general dentistry for seven years in Tacoma. She’s been teaching at CPTC as a full-time instructor since 1990. She has an MS from Liberty University in Human Services with an emphasis on Executive Leadership.

Contact Roberta
roberta.wirth@cptc.edu
253-589-6024
Debra Carson-Lewandowski, instructor in Clover Park Technical College's Dental Hygienist program
Debra Carson-Lewandowski, CDA, RDA

After graduating from CPTC in 1974, Debra worked for 13 years in small private offices and a large-group practice. She’s been teaching since 1987 and is the vice president of the Pierce County Dental Foundation.

Contact Debra
debbie.carson-lewandowski@cptc.edu
253-589-6023

Degrees & Certificates

Within our Dental program, we offer a Dental Assistant degree as well as two certificates — a Dental Assistant Certificate and a Dental Administrative Specialist Certificate. Click the links to see details on each option and to decide which one's right for you!