Dental Assisting Technology Program

We are currently accepting applications for the August 2021 class.

Southcentral Foundation Dental Assisting Technology program is an off-campus site of Salish Kootenai College, conducted on the Alaska Native Health Campus in Anchorage. The DAT program trains students to become dental assisting professionals,  involved citizens, and to be an asset to and complement the dental health team. The program stresses skills such as critical thinking and job readiness. Upon completion of the program, graduates will obtain a certificate of completion in Dental Assisting Technology from SKC and be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Dental assistants perform duties such as:

  • Sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment
  • Prepare materials to treat customer-owners
  • Obtain and update customer-owner dental records
  • Assist in four-handed dentistry
  • Dental radiology
  • Instruct customer-owners on general oral health care

To learn more, click Become a Student

Please note this is not a paid position, but can lead to future employment with SCF.

Contact Us

Dental Assisting Technology Program
4441 Diplomacy Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-5749

About the Dental Assisting Technology Program

Upon completion of the program the student should be able to:

  • Assist chairside, maintain proper asepsis, and utilize instruments, equipment, and moisture control in all aspects of dentistry. This includes assisting with anesthetic, performing rubber dam application, sealant, fluoride, coronal polish, and oral hygiene instruction.
  • Identify and apply concepts of dental terminology, record patient medical and dental history.
  • Identify and apply the concepts of dental ethics in relationship to dental team. culturally and professionally.
  • Have the knowledge to schedule patients for various treatments, maintain a recall system, order and maintain supplies, complete patient insurance forms, and make financial arrangements.
  • Perform laboratory procedures including taking impressions, pouring and trimming study models, constructing custom trays, bleaching trays, and mouth guards, temporary restorations, and manipulate intermediary materials using aseptic technique.
  • Expose, develop, mount and critique radiographs including conventional, panoramic and digital radiographic images.

Students will also be required to take additional online college courses such as Computer Literacy and Native American Studies.

During the five-month program, which combines academic and clinical training on the Alaska Native Health Campus, your training will include:

  • Learning materials (including textbooks)
  • Training in a state-of-the-art dental clinic with experienced instructors and staff
  • Gaining knowledge of dental disease and prevention
  • Professional communication and customer service

Policies and procedures have been developed related to blood-borne and infectious disease.  These policies, which may be obtained from Southcentral Foundation, are available to applicants prior to admission and customer-owners.

The Dental Assisting Technology program prepares individuals for professional career placement in dentistry. Within five months, students will earn college credits at no cost, as well as develop the skills and knowledge through instruction and clinical experience to open career opportunities! These include:

  • Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting Technology from Salish Kootenai College
  • An Indian Health Service certificate in radiology
  • Eligibility to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a certified dental assistant
  • Eligibility for further employment at SCF Dental (position not guaranteed)

To qualify for the program, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED/HiSET
  • Be age 18 or older
  • Complete SCF DAT Program application.
  • Have an SCF interview and observation
  • Have current immunizations as required by SCF
  • Documentation of current health insurance
  • Acceptance to SCF DAT Program
  • Complete SKC application through SCF DAT Program support
  • Be able to gain CPR certification within the first quarter of study

Please note that preference is given to Alaska Native and American Indian applicants.

Salish Kootenai College is accredited by the Northwest Comission on Colleges and Universities. The SKC Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. To learn more about SKC, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Educational programs abound, so why choose this one?

  • The SCF DAT program is a five-month program.
  • You’ll earn college credits at no cost!
  • All required course materials are included.
  • Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Dental Assisting Exam to become a certified dental assistant.

Applications are accepted year-round, however there are only two classes per year- one beginning in January and one beginning in August. If you are accepted to the program, you will join the next scheduled session.

There is no cost to the student for the program. All tuition, textbooks, learning material, and clinical attire are provided.

The DAT program is a full-time, 40 hours per week commitment. Classes and clinic time are held Monday through Thursday for 10 hours. Significant additional time is required for studying and assignments. Students who attempt to work while in the program are usually unable to maintain both successfully.

Course study will take place during dental clinic business hours at SCF. All students will be held to the employee standard of behavior, dress, and attendance. This includes clinical uniforms, 100% expected attendance, and professional customer service behavior. To learn more about these standards, please click here.

Southcentral Foundation has lots of opportunities for advancement in the dental assisting profession.   Dental assistants can progress from level 1 through level 3.  There are positions for specialty dental assistants in areas like Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, and more. Dental assistants also have the opportunity to progress to management positions such as supervisors, managers and administrators.

SCF/SKC Dental Assisting Technology program educates and trains students to work in all practice settings throughout the United States. Some dental assistants choose to continue their education in dental hygiene, dentistry or other health occupations.

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