3000 41st Street

Moline, IL 61265

12 Weeks to a New Career!

Start a rewarding new career in dental assisting. Our Saturday class schedule allows working adults and students to participate. Join us for 12 weeks that will change your life!

Registration for Sep 10, 2022 Session Starts July 1st


“I had the best 12 weeks ever at Dental Assisting Technologies ever. All of the instructors are absolutely amazing and are so helpful! I am so happy I decided to do this program instead of going somewhere else.“

Sydney Pollmiller

“I had a wonderful experience taking this course. The instructors are fantastic and the class was a lot of fun! I’m so glad I decided to go to Dental Assisting Technologies!“

Haille Danielle

“Great school, fabulous teachers. I never thought I would learn so much in 12 weeks… I strongly recommend this school.“

Annette Hogue

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant is an exciting career in its own right and can become a stepping stone for other careers in the dental field.

Exciting Career in High Demand

The dental assistant is a vital member of the dental team. Working sometimes as the dentist’s “right arm,” ears, eyes, and voice, dental assistants may very well have more verbal contact with the average patient than the dentist! Dental assistants use clinical, technical, laboratory, administrative, and communication skills tailored specifically for the dental office in which they work; yet they must also be responsive to the evolving dental profession.

In addition to assisting dentists during procedures such as cleanings, dental assistants also help with tasks such as x-rays, whitenings, and casting impressions. With so many different ways dental assistants are a part of a dental team, often no two days are the same.

There is a huge demand for dental assistants and the need is projected to grow 19% in the next 4 years according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who earn a vocational degree for dental assisting can join the workforce faster than students who attend longer programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This means trade school graduates can leverage the benefits of the strong demand sooner rather than later.

The need for dental assistants is also nationwide, and those with a degree and experience can find work practically anywhere. There is also the opportunity for specialization if you wish to work for an oral surgeon, orthodontist or other type of dental specialist.

And the income potential is also increasing. In 2017 the median annual wage for dental assistants was $37,630 and in 2020 the median annual wage was $41,180.

Dental assistants also have the ability to continue their education and expand their opportunities into other areas of the dental industry, such as a dental hygienist, treatment plan coordinator, lab tech, and dentist.

Why Choose Dental Assisting Technologies?

Dental Assisting Technologies is not a big institution, you’re a person not a number. We really care if the student succeeds, not just pushing another body through the course machine. If someone feels they’re doing poorly, or ARE having trouble, and ask for extra one on one, we are willing and able to provide that extra attention.

Are You Ready For Your Adventure To Begin?

Now is the time to get started on the path of an exciting career. Our next session starts March 5th. Are you ready?

Hands On Approach

Learn with the tools of the trade and gain real world knowledge, not "book learning."

Dental Assisting Technologies prepares you with hands-on experience.

You learn the process and steps/flow of various dental procedures.

We provide instrument packages to make sure students learn how to hold and pass instruments with actual instruments. Other schools send you home to practice on your own with images of the instruments in textbooks.

Instead of a 5-week internship which is unpaid, Dental Assisting Technologies provides job shadowing. Other schools use those internships as “placements” and therefore show a much higher placement rate than they really create.

Other schools have their 5-week internship at ONE office. Dental Assisting Technologies places you in multiple job shadowing opportunities so students experience that all offices work differently. So just because you’re taught the “right” way in school, you have to adapt to however an office wants things done.

Dental Assisting Technologies is more closely in touch with various dental offices and orthodontic offices. Many of those offices call the owners of our school rather than placing employment ads. Sherri Mikkles, one of the owners, tailors which students she offers as applicants based on the student’s personality and the personalities of the dental office in need of an assistant. She can do this because she has been able to get to know the students well due to the small class sizes.

Saturday Classes

Earn a degree and get a job in your new field in only half the time of other dental assistant programs.

Our Saturday only classes and homework load is more balanced for people who are working a fulltime job while going to school.

The fact that our program is only 12 weeks is also aimed for people who are working a fulltime job while going to school. Most other training programs are for 6 - 12 months, which is difficult to maintain while working full time. With our program you will be able to obtain the training you need and find a job in your new field while other students are only halfway done with their training programs.

This is a 12 week, consecutive Saturday’s only, class session. Each class consists of 8 hrs. 8am to 5pm. 96 clock hours @ session, 0 credit hours. It is offered two times per year. There is a Spring session and a Fall Session. The Spring session ends the Saturday prior to Memorial Day weekend. The Fall Class Begins on the Saturday following Labor Day weekend.


Each class is 8 hours long. There is a total of 96 Clock hours in a Class Session. Dental Assisting Technologies offers a 96 Clock hour, 12 week, Saturday only Dental Assisting Course. Saturdays, SAM to 5PM. This course prepares an individual to work in the field of dentistry using a “Hands On Approach”. Our class schedule is designed to allow our students to further their education while continuing to keep their current employment. The offered “Hands on Experience” combined with a carefully planned curriculum and home study covers all of the basic functions needed to be successful in the competitive dental field. This is a Certificate course. Our teaching staff consists of understanding Dental Professionals. Dentist’s, Dental Assistants, and Dental Hygienists all sharing years of knowledge and experience in the dental field.

This Course Will Cover:

Preparing to enter the dental field:

Students will be instructed on proper interviewing techniques and how to create a professional resume. Our students will work in an actual dental setting. All of the instructors are Dental professionals. Teachers consist of Dentists, Dental Assistants and Dental Hygenists with years of experience in their field.

Orientation to Dentistry :

This unit provides students with information concerning the roles of the dental team. It allows the students to become familiar with the flow, maintenance and equipment found in a dental office. At home textbook reading combined with a “layman’s” explanation of the reading material in the form of a workbook is offered.

Disinfection & Sterilization:

This unit provides students with information and practice regarding sterilization, disinfection, OSHA standards. Instruments & treatment room care.

Dental Anatomy:

Students will learn how to identify primary and permanent teeth. They will learn to identify parts of the mouth, teeth, surfaces of the teeth and oral surroundings.


Students will be introduced to techniques of taking x-ray films and exposing them using operation safety. Students will practice taking x–ray films using a paralleling technique, developing, and mounting them.

Instruments and Cements:

Students will learn to identify major hand instruments, burs, and hand pieces. They be taught instrumentation to basic restorative procedures. Different types of cements will be introduced for recognition & manipulation for their applications.

Introduction to Four Handed Dentistry :

Students will learn instrument passing and suctioning techniques, verbal skills, patient care instruction. They will be introduced to a variety of methods of anesthesia used in the dental office. Patient care and administration using HIPPA requirements are covered. Students will learn how to assemble a syringe,, patient education, postoperative patient instruction, and patient hand off procedures to help create the ability to achieve a future patient to have a smooth dental experience.

Introduction to Specialties Fields:

Students will be familiarized with Oral surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics, Pedodontics, and Orthodontics and some of the instruments common to the specialty fields.


Students will be taught to give brushing & flossing instruction. Taught to take impressions, pour and trim models and make bleach trays.

Front Desk:

Telephone and appointment book scheduling using a paper schedule and computer dental software . Addressing patients using verbal skills to collect payment, creating appointments and understanding a recall system are covered in this module. Verbal skills are discussed. We cover creating and managing patient records and files in accordance with the Government Privacy Policy Act and state law. Dentrix Dental Software and laptop computers are used to perfect charting and coding techniques.

*The school does not guarantee transferability of credits (this is not a credited class). In most cases, course work is not likely to transfer to another institution.

Quality Instructors

Small class size and instructors who can offer their real life experience

The Student to teacher ratio is always 10 to 1. Each session is limited to 20 students, thus increasing to a 20 to 2 ratio. If there is a need, additional instructors can be provided.

Our instructors don’t only have experience in the field of Dental Assistant, they are also still active in the field.

Our instructors offer insight into the day-to-day operations of today’s dental offices, not just academic information

Our instructors have experience in different specialties, such as oral surgery, office management, digital radiography, and the different software programs that are used in dentist offices

Affordable Option

Low tuition that includes all tuition, fees, equipment, lab fees, CPR certification and other training fees

Choosing Dental Assisting Technologies is an affordable way to lower the cost of obtaining a Dental Assisting Vocational Certificate.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Illinois public universities charge nearly $14,000.00 to 16,000.00 a year in tuition and fees on average to obtain a Dental Assisting Certificate, While private Universities cost over $32,000.00.

The Cost of each session is $4000.

It is an inclusive fee that covers all tuition and fees, Product and Lab fees, CPR Certification (if in attendance), and any other training fees.

The FAFSA program is a federally funded program that can be used for schools of 320 clock hours or more. The Class sessions held at Dental Assisting Technologies are 96 clock hours, therefore it is not used for funding in this program. There are state funded programs that Dental Assisting Technologies is approved with.

Promise Jobs (IA residence); Supportive services are offered to program participants as they prepare to become work ready individuals. Each local area has a network of community resources and supportive services. SERVICES FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY MAY INCLUDE: Transportation Assistance, Childcare, Housing Assistance, Educational Assistance Including Tuition and Books, Work Related Licensing, Interview Assistance, Work Uniforms. If you are a PROMISE JOBS participant and are new to the program you can find additional information in our online Orientation Packet. https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/promise-jobs

IowaWORKScenter, 1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite A, Davenport, IA 52807 Phone 563-445-3200 EXT 4336 (Contact: Career Planner-Amrik Sumita) Hours 8:30am - 4:30pm M, Tu, Th, F; 9am - 4:30pm W Free Internet and resume writer access computers are on site. Veteran representatives are available at this location. Representatives are available with an appointment. Full range of job seeker and employer services. Free standing brick building in strip-mall shopping center in NW Davenport, Iowa.

Website https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/davenport

The American Job Center (Illinois residence) 500 42nd Street, Rock Island, IL 61201-2155 Phone 309-793-7765 (Career Planner-Teresa Andresen) Hours-by appointment only.https://www.illinoisworknet.com/Connect/Pages/LocationSearch.aspx

Through a partnership of workforce development organizations, Partners in Job Training and Placement-Rock Island offers a single convenient connection point for job seekers and employers to find each other and tap into a pool of education, training, employment opportunities and Unemployment Insurance information. Veterans reps, employment reps, phones, free internet & resume writer access computers are on site. Representatives are available with an appointment. Full range of jobseeker and employer services

Website https://www.illinoisworknet.com/Connect/Pages/LocationSearch.aspx

Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services. DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. 4711 44th St, Suite #3, Rock Island, IL 61201. Office Phone: 309-786-1263 ATTN Angela Boyer ( a medical diagnosis is required) For general questions about DRS, email DHS. www.DRS@illinois.gov.

Dental Assisting Technologies offers payment plans & accepts Scholarship monies that have been awarded toward education tuition.

Dental Assisting Technologies works closely with RIA Credit Union that offers those that qualify a "Computer/Education Loan" at a lesser rate than a signature loan R.I.A. Federal Credit Union, 201 5th St, Silvis, IL Phone: (563) 355-3800

Website: http://riafcu.com

Dental Assisting Technologies accepts Loan checks, Personal checks or Money Orders from any bank, credit union that a student works with.

Credit Cards are accepted for nominal amounts in excess of $500.

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2022 Classes

Spring Class

Obtain hands on, real world education in dental assisting and be able to start your new career by Memorial day weekend.


We are only taking 20 students, so apply now.

Fall Class

Start your 12 weeks to a new career the weekend after Labor Day and complete your training by Thanksgiving weekend.

Get on our waiting list to save your spot today.

Dental Assisting Technologies

Dental Assisting Technologies

3000 41st Street

Moline, IL 61265


Certificate of approval to operate issued by:

IL. Board of Higher Education

1N. Old State Capital Plaza, #300

Springfield, IL 62701


Owned and Operated by Sheri Mikles and Janean Brown

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