Online Dental Assisting Program


WVJC Online dental assisting training is a best of both worlds program where students experience the convenience of online classes combined with hands-on instruction during clinical days.

Online dental assisting students take classes such as dental terminology, dental science, dental practice management, and dental office procedures through WVJC’s user-friendly online platform. Thus, students have some flexibility in completing coursework while balancing family and work responsibilities.

The clinical skills that are critical to a successful dental assisting career are developed during clinical days conducted at a residential campus equipped with a functioning dental lab. Clinical days occur one day per lab class and are designed to enhance student learning outcomes through personalized interaction and engagement with qualified instructors.

WVJC Online dental assisting student’s educational journey consists of an integrated program composed of classroom instruction, student services, lab work, externships, and career services.

Graduates are employable in various dental environments, including general dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, and orthodontics.

Online dental assisting graduates are qualified to sit for the Nationally Registered Credentialed Dental Assistant (NRCDA) certification* exam.

*Certification contingent upon passing this industry certification exam.

5 Step Plan For Success


West Virginia Junior College provides its students with a structured educational and training plan designed for quick entry into specific career areas. The WVJC experience begins with classroom instruction, continues with hands-on training, and culminates in career services.

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“The staff really pushes you to be the best student and person you can be, and I find that really rewarding.”

– Taylor Quigley, WVJC Student

Online Dental Assistant Skills


The WVJC Online dental assisting training is constructed for students to develop hands-on skills that are directly applicable to the dental workplace. The skills developed by online dental assisting students through a combination of clinical days and in-home simulations are as follows:

  • Exposing and Developing X-rays
  • Mixing Dental Cements
  • Scheduling Procedures
  • Taking Dental Impressions
  • Performing Proper Sterilization and Disinfection Techniques
  • Providing Oral Care Instructions to Patients
  • Assisting dentists during dental procedures
  • Managing Patient Records
  • Performing Laboratory and Clinical Duties

Start your path to becoming a dental assistant today by requesting information!

Student Support Services and Resources


WVJC Online is dedicated to supporting its students’ success beyond what students experience in the classroom and labs. Systems are in place to let online students know they are part of the WVJC family and the following resources exist to help them succeed:

  • WE CARE
  • Small school atmosphere
  • Counseling resources
  • Convenience
  • Financial literacy exposure
  • 24/7 tech support
  • Mobile access to classes
  • Interactive labs
  • Externships
  • Career services
  • Scholarships*
  • Financial aid**

Start your path to becoming a dental assistant today by requesting information!

*For those who qualify. See catalog for detailed eligibility requirements.
**For those who qualify.

Dental Assisting Externship and Certification


The WVJC Online dental assisting training is structured so students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills to contribute immediately to the operation of a dental work environment. Externships and certifications help advance those graduate outcomes.

Externships are an intermediate transitional step that allows students, under the watch of a supervisor, to gain practical experience applying their newly developed skills to a dental office caring for patients.

Certifications are standards of knowledge and abilities that validate the skills and increase the credibility of potential employees to employers.

WVJC Online dental assisting students are qualified to sit for the Nationally Registered Credentialed Dental Assistant (NRCDA) * certification exam.

Start your path to becoming a dental assistant today by requesting information!

*Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam. Required/ Included in Tuition/Fees.

“WVJC has by far the most helpful and supportive group of staff. I’ve never had a better experience at a college.” – Nathan Mynes, WVJC Student

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