The Dental Assistant program offers technical training to persons who want to work in dental offices or clinics.
Students gain clinical and expanded function experience while assisting dentists in various treatment procedures
in the campus dental clinic and in community dental offices. The program prepares its graduates for employment
in dentistry by emphasizing current concepts in clinical dental assisting, developing proper work ethics,
particularly in regard to accuracy, safety, conduct on the job, and recognizing the value of continuing education.
The program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the
United States Department of Education. Graduating students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National
Board (DANB) Examination, and the Radiation Health and Safety, and General Chairside Examination. Successful
graduates receive a Dental Assistant Certificate and are eligible to apply for the Oregon Expanded Function
and Radiological Proficiency Certificates.
The Dental Assistant program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits. For full information
about the admissions process please refer to the
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.
Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates
for certificates can be found under
For information about applying to the program, please refer to the "Dental Assistant" Bulletin, which can be
found here under the "Special Admission" heading. It is the students responsibility to read this bulletin thoroughly
and ensure that all required application materials have been submitted prior to the deadline.
For questions about the application, please contact the Academic Planning Advisor at (541) 917-4923.
To become a certified dental assistant in Oregon, students must successfully complete an accredited dental assistant
program and pass all three segments of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. The DANB is administered
at computerized testing centers in Eugene and Portland. Students interested in working outside of Oregon must
be aware that each state has its own regulations governing duties and requirements of dental assistants.
LBCC's Dental Assistant program prepares students to take the DANB examination in three segments:
The first segment, the Infection Control Examination (ICE), is taken during the December break after successfully
completing fall term and the Dental Office Infection Control course.
The second segment, the Radiation Health and Safety Examination, is taken during spring term after successfully
completing three terms (60 hours) in radiology. A successful set of clinical x-rays will result in an Oregon
Radiological Proficiency License.
The third and final segment, the General Chairside Exam, is taken after completing all four terms of the program
and 300 hours of office and clinical chairside assisting (as specified by the American Dental Association).
Students who have successfully completed the DANB and the Dental Assistant program have earned the title of Certified
Dental Assistant (CDA).
Graduates are also eligible to apply for an Oregon Expanded Function License and the title of Oregon Expanded
Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).
Students have a high initial expenditure for supplies and books for the Dental Assistant Program. As the program
continues, the student will be required to purchase competency packets, other textbooks, attend the annual
conference, workshops and participate in national exams.
Note: the fees listed are for the program only and do not include what students might have to pay for housing,
Approximate expenses for the four-term program include:
Uniform, Barriers, Scrubs, Shoes, Name Tag & Safety Glasses
Student Kit Fee (due prior to the first day) *price is subject to change
Student Supplemental Lab Fee (Due at the July 13th meeting)
ADAA Student Membership (Due at the July 13th meeting)
Hepatitis B Vaccine, CPR & First Aid (approximation)
Transportation to clinical experiences
Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees)
Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees)
(*Note: Tuition costs are at resident rates and are subject to change.)
Read what some current and former students had to say about the Dental Assisting program
Dental Assistant Facilities
Linn Benton Community College in 1999 from the Dental Assisting Program. Received my Associates in General Studies in 2008
and my Bachelors of Science in Human Relations Corban University 2014. On a personal note I have been married
for 25 years and we have a little boy that is 13 years old. I am a 4th generation Oregonian and proud of
it. I have grown up in this area and really like it except for the weather at times :) (the rain, but without
the rain it would not be green)...
Over the past 20 years working as a Dental Assistant throughout Washington and Oregon I have had the privilege to have numerous
opportunities and experiences with a variety of doctors, patients and offices. Combined with a background
in business management and a love for dentistry, teaching Dental Assisting at LBCC provides me much job
Dental Assistant Program Information
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Click on a term to see the full course list. For more information about a course, click on the course number.
Term 1 Class list
Term 2 Class list
Term 3 Class list
Term 4 Class list
Linn-Benton Community College offers pre-professional preparation for transfer to dental hygiene programs. Interested
students should consult with an advisor for current requirements or check the Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association
Web site at odha. All hygiene programs in Oregon are listed, along with contact information and requirements
for entry. Dental hygiene programs in the state of Oregon are: Lane Community College in Eugene, Mt. Hood Community
College in Gresham, ODS College of Dental Science in La Grande, Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath
Falls, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Portland Community College in Portland, and Apollo School of Dental
Hygiene in Portland.