Dental Assisting (High School)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 44,000 openings for dental assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Francis Tuttle's Dental Assisting program includes academics, laboratory, and clinical courses to prepare students to become members of a rapidly growing career. We offer hands-on training in a fully equipped lab where dental materials and learning aids are used to give students real-world skills. Students will learn chairside assisting, patient care, sterilization, dental casts and impression skills.

There is occasional exposure to communicable diseases, as well as possible exposure to chemicals and radiation; therefore, use of personal protective equipment is required. 

Entrance Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5+
  • C or better in Biology
  • No disciplinary record
  • Attendance in good standing with minimal tardies

Interest and Skills

  • Interest in the dental field
  • Team player
  • Compassion and caring nature for others
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Good manual/finger dexterity
  • Good hand-eye coordination and flexibility


Oklahoma Board of Dentistry and Oklahoma Dental Foundation issued:

  • Dental Assisting Permit
  • Radiation Safety Course Certificate


  • Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
  • Oklahoma State Department Education

At A Glance

Open To

High school juniors, and seniors


Rockwell Campus Center Building, Health Science Center

Total Hours Required





Two sessions: Monday through Friday, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Students enroll in either AM or PM session


  • Foundation of Dental Assisting 49 Hours
  • Biomedical Sciences 47 Hours
  • Clinical Sciences I 50 Hours
  • Clinical Sciences II 162 Hours
  • Dental Sciences I 79.5 Hours
  • Dental Sciences II 98.5 Hours
  • Dental Terminology I 39 Hours
  • Dental Terminology II 42 Hours
  • Practice Management 27 Hours
  • Pre-Clinical Procedures 102 Hours
  • Professional Dental Assistant 24 Hours
  • Clinical Practice/Capstone 150 Hours

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$15.00-$20.00 (average = $16.36)

per hour

Pass Rate



Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Private Dental Offices, Dental Clinics, Dental Schools, Research, Public Health/Government Clinics

Dental Assisting