Dental Assistant Course Details

Curriculum and Student Resources

Nacogdoches Dental Assistant School's mission is to provide our students with a comprehensive education covering all of the topics and procedures they will encounter in their new careers. Topics covered in our course include

  • Sterilization and Infection Control

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Moisture Control

  • Dental Anatomy and Physiology

  • Radiology

  • Charting

  • Dental Instruments

  • Restorative Techniques

  • Proper Oral Hygiene

  • Preventative Care (including sealants)

  • Procedural Post-Operative Instructions

  • CPR, Pain Management, and More

Dental Assistant Externship

Nacogdoches Dental Assistant School 40-hour externship program provides our students with the real-world experience they need to become confident and qualified dental assistants. The externship portion of our course allows our students the opportunity to work under the direct guidance of experienced dental professionals in a local dental office. Students are eligible to begin their externships after class 6. Although we encourage our students to find their own externships, our Student Success Specialists are here to help our students identify potential opportunities in the area and assist with applications.

Required Reading

You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class.The workbook must be purchased and cannot be rented because you will be writing in it. Both ElSevier and Amazon offer a discount on a package bundle. ElSevier can take 3-4 weeks to ship, whereas Amazon offers faster shipping. You may purchase (or rent) your books elsewhere as long as it is the same edition used in the course.

What Do I Get After Graduation?

Students who graduate from Nacogdoches Dental Assistant School receive their Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion. Additionally, students receive their BLS (CPR) certification in class through the American Heart Association. After graduating from our program you will apply for your RDA license and once you are licensed you will be a Registered Dental Assistant.

Meet Your Team

Shannon Y.

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am a Social Media & Admissions Specialist. I just finished my Masters in Media & Communications in London. I love traveling and all things creative from photography to videos and music. I feel lucky I get to come to work everyday and work on my passions AND help students get an awesome education.

Kristal A.

My name is Kristal and I work in the Student Services department. I love helping our students succeed in class and then ultimately succeed in beginning their careers in the dental field! I love to travel, read historical fiction and anything by Anne Rice, enjoy spewing fun facts about wildlife and music, and, most of all, I love spending time with my husband and daughter (especially if we are at the beach).

Dr. Thomas Ince

Dr. Thomas Ince developed an innovative program designed to be taught inside working practices in order to produce better Allied Health professionals. He enjoys reading, basketball, business, investing, chess and most importantly spending time with his wife and two little girls.

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