Dental Assistant Technology Program

Southcentral Foundation Dental Assistant Training (DAT) course is an off-campus program of Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Montana. The DAT program trains students to become a dental assistant, an involved citizens, and to be an asset to and complement the dental health care 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 for the national certification exam. Dental assistants perform procedures 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

About the Dental Assistant Technology Program

Course Studies

During the duration of the program, students will study the following:

  • Chairside assisting
  • Dental anatomy
  • Dental ethics
  • Dental terminology
  • Dental x-rays
  • Infection control
  • Dental charting
  • Customer-owner care
  • Dental office management

Students will also be required to take additional college courses such as computer literacy, Native American studies, job seeking, and human relations.

Course Components

During a five-month course, 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

About the Program

We are combining our programs to prepare individuals for professional career placement in dentistry. Within five months, you will earn 55 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
  • An Indian Health Service certificate in radiology
  • Eligiblility to take National Certified Dental Assistant Examination
  • Eligibility for further employment at SCF Dental Program (position not guaranteed)


To qualify for the program, you must:

  • Be Alaska Native or American Indian
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be age 18 or older
  • Have an SCF interview and observation
  • Complete the Salish Kootenai College application and be accepted
  • Complete dental assisting application
  • Have current Immunizations

About Salish Kootenai College

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 of the American Dental Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why this program?

Educational programs abound, so why choose this one? If you qualify, you will earn 55 college credits at no cost to you. In addition to not having any student loans, there will be staff available to help complete college grant and scholarship paperwork to apply for additional funding to provide for housing and other costs during your time in the program. At the completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the national certification test, which means you will be certified to work anywhere in the U.S.

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted year-round, however there are only two cohorts 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.

How much does the program cost?

There is no cost to you for the program. All tuition, textbooks, learning material, and clinical attire are included in the course.

Can I work while I complete the program?

No. This is a full-time student program, with classes during normal business hours. If you have a financial need that would prohibit your attendance, we will have staff from SKC and SCF that will aid in completing applications for financial aid for students. These include grants, scholarships, and traditional student loan (FAFSA) paperwork.

How is this different from "traditional" college?

Course study will take place during dental clinic business hours. 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.

Contact Us

SCF Dental

4341 Tudor Centre Dr.

Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 729-5749

Contact SKC

Salish Kootenai College

58138 Hwy 93

Pablo, MT 59855

(406) 265-4800

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