Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Learning Environment

Program Description

The Clinical Dental Assistant program trains students in the skills required to excel in fast-paced dental environments. Dental Assistants possess excellent manual dexterity and adaptability. Throughout the program, students learn how to assist with examinations and dental procedures, prepare rooms and instruments, administer topical anesthetics, take dental impressions and records, sterilize and disinfect equipment, develop and mount x-rays, educate patients on oral hygiene principles, and utilize patient management software.


Upon completing the Clinical Chairside Dental Assisting program, graduates have access to a wide range of rewarding career opportunities in the dental field. Positions such as dental assistant, orthodontic assistant, oral surgery assistant, and pediatric dental assistant become available. As clinical chairside dental assistants, they work closely with dentists, preparing treatment rooms, sterilizing instruments, assisting during dental procedures, taking X-rays, and providing patient care. With their expertise in dental procedures and patient interaction, they thrive in dental clinics, private practices, community health centers, and other healthcare settings, playing a vital role in ensuring optimal dental care delivery.

Learn more about Hawaiʻi School of Dental Arts – Kailua-Kona’s The Art of Clinical Chairside Dental Assisting program