Required Course Materials
Every National Dental Academy dental assisting student will be provided a copy of the following required course materials:
- Concepts in Dental Assisting Textbook
- Handout Packet
- One pair of scrub uniform
- Name Badge
- Safety Glasses
Modern Dental Assisting Textbooks are available if requested by the student.
Other equipment, instrumentation, tools, and materials for NDA’s dental assisting training will be provided onsite at the National Dental Academy of WI host dental office campus.
National Dental Academy’s dental assisting course final grades are based on a radiology quiz, a midterm exam, a final exam testing both written and clinical knowledge, and class participation throughout the course.
Each test or quiz is worth a total number of points, and correct answers out of totals are equated to percentages and then averaged for the course grade (rather than individual assignments being weighted differently). Quiz and midterm grades are posted at the next week’s dental assistant training class, and grades for participation and final exam performance are posted at the end of the final class (Class 10). A 70% average is required to remain in good standing, NDA of WI does our best to accommodate the learning requirements of all students and provide private instruction where available. Class sizes are kept very small, 5-9 students per term, to help facilitate exceptional student experiences!
|Class Participation||All||Class 10||40|
|Pop Quiz Participation||All||Class 10||20|
|Radiology Quiz||Class 2||Class 3||40|
|Core Competency Check-Offs||All||Class 10||20|
|Midterm Exam||Class 6||Class 7||100|
|Clinical Job Shadow (min. 4 hours)||Anytime after Class Four||Class 10 End||10|
|Written Final Exam||Class 10||Class 10 End||100|
|Clinical / Radiology Final||Class 10||Class 10 End||120|
|Total Possible Points||450|
Performance Requirements & Probation
If a National Dental Academy student’s grade falls below 70% and enough time remains in the course for the student to raise their grade (before Class 8 out of 10), the student will be offered a 2-week probationary period to improve.
During these two weeks, the instructor will work one-on-one with the student to determine what needs to happen to raise the grade. Students in this position are given one chance to retest and, upon receiving a passing grade, will be given a 70% (the highest grade a retest can receive).
At the end of a 2-week probationary period, if a student does not attain a passing grade (at least 70%), he or she will be dismissed from the current NDA dental assisting course and offered the opportunity to retake the course at a future time for a decreased tuition rate.
A Certificate of Achievement, dental assistant pin, and letter of recommendation will only be awarded to students who achieve a 70% (passing) or above final course grade average. If a student’s grades fall below 70% between Class 8 and 10 (out of 10 classes), she or he will be dismissed with the possibility of re-admittance to the next course for a reduced tuition fee.
A copy of students’ attendance records, grades, and payment receipts will be kept on file for six years, HIPAA rules apply for release of records. If a student or employer/employment agency requests a copy of any or all records, written consent of the student is required before any records can be released.
If you need a duplicate copy of your diploma there will be a $10 replacement fee.
National Dental Academy students are expected to behave professionally and considerately while attending class. NDA’s dental assisting school instructors and administrators have the right to suspend or dismiss any student who engages in dishonesty, destructive conduct, the consumption of alcohol before or during class, the use of illegal drugs, or any activity deemed to be unduly disruptive to others in class.
National Dental Academy’s code of conduct includes the following:
- Clinical apparel is required for National Dental Academy’s dental assisting training program. Medical scrubs and tennis shoes should be worn to each class.
- Students who are more than 10 minutes late will only be welcome to join the class if they notify an instructor ahead of time. See more attendance policies below.
- Failure to notify the instructor prior to missing a class will be considered an unexcused absence. See more attendance policies below.
- All quizzes and exams are administered in class and cannot be taken out of class. Students are not permitted to take home any written exam questions or answer sheets. Students are also not permitted to discuss quiz or exam questions with students who will be making up the assignment the next class.
- Cheating is not allowed and will not be tolerated in any form. All attempts at cheating will be grounds for dismissal.
- Cell phone use is not permitted during class.
- Smoking is not allowed in or near National Dental Academy host office buildings.
- Horseplay, loud arguing, threatening or intimidating people, and vulgar or abusive language are not allowed.
- Misuse of sharp instruments or any class instrumentation, or destruction of equipment or other onsite property will result in immediate dismissal.
- Any student dismissed for misconduct will not be allowed to retake the course.
National Dental Academy’s dental assisting training course consists of ten classes on ten different Saturdays. Students are required to attend all ten classes of their course session, and attendance is checked at the beginning of every class. Due to the concentrated instruction of NDA’s dental assistant training, it is strongly advised to be present for all classes. Points will be awarded for attendance so tardiness or absence will affect your course score.
Failing to attend class without formally dropping the course does not constitute a withdrawal. You must contact our office to formally withdraw from the course.
When absence is unavoidable, we request that students follow the following attendance policies:
- National Dental Academy students are required to attend all 10 classes of their course session. NDA’s dental assisting training classes consist of morning lectures for four hours followed by an hour-long lunch break, then afternoon clinicals for four hours. Lunch is not provided. Students are welcome to bring their lunch or leave campus to eat lunch.
- If an NDA student becomes ill and cannot make it to a class, a phone call to notify the instructor before class is required.
- If a student needs to miss a class due to a reason other than illness, such as a family emergency, a phone call to the instructor before class is required to explain the situation and be excused.
- National Dental Academy allows only one absence, and the missed class must be made up before the end of the course session. Students are responsible for missed lecture material, clinical instruction, and assignments. To make up for an absence, students should refer to the syllabus and class textbook for reading assignments, then come to the next class with any questions. Instructors, time permitting, will answer questions and also assist students with mastering missed clinical skills. If an absence occurs on a testing day, the student will be required to take the test prior to the next class in the morning or during the lunch break. Make-up tests need to be scheduled with the instructor, who will be present during testing.
- If a student needs more time off class for personal reasons, a leave of absence should be requested. These students will be able to return and join the next 10-Saturday session that has an opening.
- Attendance records are kept on campus premises during the course.
National Dental Academy student complaints are dealt with immediately and in a private interview with the instructor, program director, and/or other involved party. Call Bethany or Lindsay at (715) 298-4447 for assistance with resolving a student complaint.
After acceptance into National Dental Academy’s dental assisting course, if cancellation is requested within three business days of enrollment then a full refund will be issued. If withdrawal from National Dental Academy’s dental assisting program is requested after three business days following enrollment but before Class 1, all but $100.00 will be refunded within 40 days after withdrawal paperwork is recieved.
After the student has attended Class One all refunds will be based on a pro-rated refund schedule based on how many sessions were attended. Electronic Enrollment Forms submitted assume acknowledgement of this policy.
For withdrawal from Week One through Week Six, a pro-rated refund of the balance paid will be issued based on the number of classes attended. No refunds will be given after Week Six regardless of circumstance. A notice of withdrawal privileges will be mailed to the student leaving the course. Please allow 40 days for processing of withdrawals.
Students who withdrawal from National Dental Academy’s dental assisting course due to illness, a family emergency, or other personal reasons may apply again without penalty before the next session begins. If these students choose to apply again and take the next course instead of receive a refund (if due one), they may begin the course at Week One or the class number where they exited their original session. National Dental Academy recommends starting over from the beginning at Week One of the new session. Before returning for a new session, repeat students must meet with the instructor or administrator to discuss the circumstances of their withdrawal.
To request enrollment cancellation or to withdraw from a National Dental Academy of WI dental assisting course at or before Class 6, contact us.