Course Info

National Dental Academy courses consist of 10 Saturdays of classroom and clinical instruction, 60 hours of home study, and an opportunity for 10-15 hours of practical “on-the-job” dental assisting training. During your studies as an NDA student, you will learn the operation of all equipment, instrumentation, and materials commonly used by chairside assistants in general dental practices. You will also receive significant clinical training in the typical everyday functions and responsibilities of dental assistants. National Dental Academy’s curriculum is high quality and thorough to prepare students for better careers as educated, certified dental professionals.

Course Outline

National Dental Academy training to become a dental assistant consists of 10 Saturday classes. All NDA class days are comprised of four hours for morning lectures, a break for lunch, and four hours of afternoon clinicals. National Dental Academy’s host dental offices offer three 10-Saturday course sessions a year. Find the NDA campus nearest you and view upcoming class dates on our Campuses & Schedules page. Students are required to attend all 10 classes of their course session.

Below is a breakdown of what is covered in each of NDA’s 10 classes:

The first four weeks of classes will be all live online lectures which we will require you to be present for each Saturday. Lecture is 8AM to 5PM with a one hour break for lunch. We encourage our students to attend our virtual lectures well rested and hydrated. We allow drinks/snacks during lecture and also take some technology/restroom breaks.

Dental Assisting Topics We Cover

Dental Terminology, Dental Anatomy, Anesthetics, Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics, Children and Dentistry, Dental Office Management, Resume and Job Search Coaching. A large emphasis is placed on Dental Radiology and the importance of learning how to take a great diagnostic X-ray!

Through the course you will be responsible for completing various quizzes, exams and assignments which will challenge your proficiency and retention of materials studied in the course. NDA is the most comprehensive, supportive accelerated Dental Assisting Program in the State of WI. One of our major goals is to be as transparent as possible with our students, from GPAs to fees, we adhere to a straight forward policy so you know our mutual expectations of each other from day one. Nothing makes us more proud than watching our students graduate, start their new careers and often change their lives for the better!


For course materials (including textbook title), attendance requirements, information about grading, and other administrative course info, view National Dental Academy’s policies. Our mission is to provide effective, affordable dental training that is educational, convenient, and practical. We strive for excellence.