The same accredited courses that traditional Dental Assisting students take are now offered online. To get your degree, you'll complete a combination of online courses and on-campus lab requirements (approximately 12 days per semester). You will also complete 300 hours of clinical experience in a dental office approved by the LATI dental department. Note: There will not be enough clinical spots in Watertown for everyone – please be prepared for out-of-town clinical experience.
LATI E-Degrees are "hybrid" – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. With hybrid education, you get maximum time/location flexibility and crucial hands-on experience.
The Dental Assisting E-Degree is designed for part-time students (see course outline). You could graduate with a diploma in about five semesters, or an Associate of Applied Science degree in about seven semesters.
Dental assistants are essential members of the dental health care team. As a dental assistant, you'll be the dentist's "extra hands". You will assist him/her by performing a wide variety of tasks, including:
Dental offices are friendly, interesting places to work. As a dental assistant, you will work closely with patients and co-workers to provide the latest and best in dental care.
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements"]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
All graduates are eligible to complete the Dental Assisting National Board and meet all requirements to be registered in radiology and expanded functions by the South Dakota Board of Dentistry.