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. The first four Saturdays are filled with eight hours of lectures, taught virtually from 8AM to 5PM with an hour break for lunch. The remaining 6 Saturdays will consist of 8 hours of focused clinical hands-on instruction. Students are required to attend all 10 classes of their course session.

Our host dental offices offer three 10-Saturday course sessions per year. Find the NDA campus nearest you and view upcoming class dates on our Campuses & Schedules page. 

Course Overview 

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 certified assistants.

Below is a list of dental assisting topics covered in our course.

  • 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 and supportive accelerated Dental Assisting Program in the State of WI. We value honesty and transparency in our organization from GPAs to fees we strictly adhere to our policies and guidelines so mutual expectations are clear from day one.

Weekly Breakdown

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.

Week 1

  • General Introduction to terminology and equipment, Introduction to OSHA.
  • Four- handed Dentistry, Instrument transfer, isolation techniques, suctioning (HVE), local anesthesia, patient positioning, Sterilization.

Week 2

  • Radiology Theory and Practice of Intraoral and Extraoral X-ray techniques, Radiation Safety.
  • Composite Materials, Instruments, Mixing, Curing, Tubs and Trays, Alginate Impressions and Model Pouring.

Week 3

  • Dental Cements, Cavity Liners, Model Trimming, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Oral Surgery & Periodontics, Nitrous Oxide and Fabrication of
    Bleach Trays

Week 4

  • Crown and Bridge Instruments and Materials, Implants and Veneers, bite registration, making temporary crowns and bridges.
  • Endodontic Materials and Instruments, Endodontic X-rays.

Weeks 5–9

Weeks five through nine will consist of clinical rotations with a portion of week nine set aside as review for the final exam.

Week 10

  • Final written exam is due
  • Practical exams will take place in class
  • Graduation/pinning ceremony!


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.