Course Outline

Maine Dental Assisting Training and Certification​

This program offers class-based instruction. Our classes are held below a liveworking general dental office with a separate lecture area and designated rooms for hands-on instruction.  Our course is 6 weeks and includes classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction and externship time. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-12pm. Our goal is to offer a flexible schedule, so you can start training for a career in dental assisting even if you have a full time job. New England School Of Dental Assisting students observe and practice a variety of dental procedures as part of the program requirements to make sure you are fully prepared to excel in a live working dental office.

Students need to be at least 18 years of age. We require a high school diploma or G.E.D. to enroll in our dental assisting program. If you meet these requirements, we’ll invite you to an interview and tour of the school facilities.

Course Will Cover...

Learning material & coursework

As a graduate of New England School Of Dental Assisting, you will be able to assist a general dentist  in a variety of ways. You will be skilled in educating patients, passing instruments, taking diagnostically acceptable radiographs, fabricating and placing provisional coverage, sterilizing instruments, and disinfecting the treatment rooms.


Dentistry & Dental Anatomy: an introduction

This unit of our course will give you the knowledge and information you need to know about the roles of dentists, registered dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. We’ll also be giving you an overview of the major areas of the dental office and equipment. 

Get ready to learn about dental specialties, the names of the teeth, and which teeth are primary and permanent. We’ll also be looking at the surface of teeth as well as learning the basics of healthy teeth and tissue.

sterilizing, Disinfecting, and caring for the Treatment Room

This course will teach you about the importance and the correct methods for sterilization and disinfection of dental treatment rooms and instruments. We’ll review OSHA standards and infectious materials. You’ll also learn proper handling techniques for sharp materials and how to prepare an anesthetic syringe.

Basics Of Radiology

This unit will be an introduction to the methods of safe mounting and digital X-ray imaging. You’ll learn acceptable radiation safety levels. We’ll also review common errors, techniques, and control factors for x-ray imaging. Once reviewed, you’ll transition to practicing what you’ve learned.

the basics of Four-Handed Dentistry

This course will teach you the basics of assisting by using four-handed dentistry. We’ll cover greeting, seating, preparing, and dismissing patients. You’ll master dental room set-up (including tray setup for specific dental procedures, instrument ID and transfer, care room break down, and instrument sterilization). You’ll develop your skills as a dental assistant here at New England School Of Dental Assisting. Our goal is to prepare you for a successful career where you can excel! 



This course will focus on exploring diagnostic materials. We’ll cover things like custom impression trays, and alginate impressions. You’ll also learn the basics of custom night-guards and whitening trays.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This course is a deep dive on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, commonly known as CPR.  You’ll have hands-on training in a small class environment. We’ll practice chest compressions with an emphasis on constant, rapid heart stimulation techniques. This unit will be lead by a certified CPR instructor.


Career & Growth

This course will focus on helping you create personalized cover letters and resumes. Our goal is to help prepare you for a successful transition from student to working professional, and quickly! We’ll provide letters of recommendation that will help you land a job in the dental field. And we’ll cover job interview etiquette, rules, and guidelines as well as connect you with our dental network and affiliates.


Extern hours must be finished to graduate our program. This course will give you the opportunity to observe and practice as a dental assistant in a general  dental office. You’ll apply what you’ve learned in our real-world training environment here at New England School Of Dental Assisting. Get ready – your new career is just beginning!

Nervous that you won’t be able to find an externship? Don’t worry! We’ll help you to find a great dental office to complete your externship hours at- locally!

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