The Best Way to Become a Dental Assistant

Arch Dental Assistant Academy is affordable, safe, and convenient. Our hybrid dental assisting course is a 9-week blended-learning program that combines the convenience of e-learning with the safety of at-home labs. Start your path towards a new career at Arch! 


Our program costs $2,950. We offer flexible payment plans outlined here that enable you to enroll at minimal upfront cost! Our program provides you with the foundational education needed to become a dental assistant without the financial burden. 


We know that the world’s a changed place due to the pandemic. Now more than ever is the time to practice smart safety measures. Our online program enables you to practice social distancing and learn from the safety of your own home. Many Americans are under quarantine. It’s a tragic time; but a great time to work on yourself and develop a new skill set!

We also send our students masks and gloves as an additional safety measure to show our care for your well-being. 


All of us have different circumstances - busy work schedules, children or family members to take care of, etc. Our hybrid dental assistant program allows you to learn throughout the week through various e-learning modules as well as take-home lab kits! Each Saturday, you’ll have a two-hour online session with an instructor to review lectures, labs, and any questions you may have - all from the safety and convenience of your home! While we encourage the use of computers for the best educational experience, our programs are designed to be mobile-friendly! 

*Please note: simulation activities need to be done on computers

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Arch is pleased to announce we offer an optional, free lab and externship seminar to students who complete our 9-week program. Labs occur on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 10 hours per day) at regional training centers and provide students an additional opportunity to further develop the hands-on skills they will use as dental assistants. The 40-hour externship provides students with the opportunity to gain firsthand practice in a dental office. 

*Due to state regulations, residents of Indiana and Arkansas must attend the lab seminar.

You can expect to spend about 3 and 1/2 hours per week on reading, lecture videos, online activities, lab simulations, and quizzes. Your student portal will provide you with the resources needed to complete the program.

Here’s a breakdown of the topics you’ll learn:

  • How to use Personal Protective Equipment
  • Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Moisture Control
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Impressions
  • Tray Setups
  • Radiography and Radiation Safety
  • Dental Specialties and Categories of Dental Procedures
  • Instrument Transfer & Finger Rests
  • Model Trimming
  • Composite Procedures
  • Digital Charting and Dental Coding
  • Crown and Bridge
  • Legal and Workplace Safety and Medical Emergencies
  • Oral Surgery
  • Prosthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Pediatrics
  • Oral Hygiene & Preventive Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
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You will also spend an additional 3 and ½ hours on take-home labs!

Here’s some of what’s included in your take-home lab kit:

  • Typodont (or mouth model)
  • Alginate and Impression materials
  • RINN Assembly
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Arch DAA T-Shirt

Required Reading

You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class. 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.

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Your Saturday sessions are two-hours of online face-to-face time with your instructor, an experienced, knowledgeable, professional dental assistant! This time will be used to review the lessons you completed during the week, ask any questions you may have, and complete some of the more complex labs with instructor guidance.

Time: 10am-12pm CST or 1pm-3pm CST 

*Times dependent upon selected start date


After you’ve completed your 9-week dental assisting course, we invite you to attend one of our lab seminars offered at regional training facilities! 

Lab is 20 hours in total, consisting of two 10-hour sessions (Saturday and Sunday)

Here’s what we review in lab:

  • Room setup
  • Sterilization
  • Tray setups
  • Moisture control and infection control
  • Radiographs on Dexter head
  • Pouring up and trimming impressions
  • Curing temporary cements and crowns

We will assist you in locating a local CPR training facility!