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We offer 4 sessions annually, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, each lasts 10 weeks long.  Click here to see our start dates for the upcoming sessions. Our classes fill up quickly, so it would be wise to Enroll today and pay your deposit as soon as possible to reserve your seat.

Our program lasts 10 weeks and consists of 80 hours of course lectures and hands-on training.  On week 11 you will take the RDA exam to become licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.  

From the second you begin with HDAS the focus is on helping you master the skills of basic Dental Assisting by using hand-on learning instead of sitting through hours of mundane classroom lectures just to extend the length of the program.  Our program is built on delivering what’s important in a fast paced, fun and exciting environment. While our program will have classroom instruction, we offer that in a on-demand lecture series that allows you to work around your busy schedule. Additionally, our classes take place in a dental office rather than a classroom and the majority of the class time is spent in labs learning the essential techniques of Dental Assisting. Our students graduate with the knowledge and comfortability of working in a dental practice on day 1.

Please see click here for our of upcoming Open House information, you can also RSVP and let us know you’ll be coming.  We also offer 1:1 tours each Saturday by appointment. To setup a tour, contact us at 281-363-0600 or [email protected] and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient time for a visit.

Most students have no experience in the field of Dental Assisting. You are only expected to give it your best, study well, learn and have fun. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) have minimum requirements for enrollment listed here:

  • Provide a high school diploma or transcript, general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.), or college transcript (minimum of 12 credit hours).  If your diploma or transcript is from  outside the United States, it will require validation through a third party, here is provider who can help: SpanTran Evaluation Company

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, looking to change careers, or returning to the workplace; most students adapt quickly and like the approach. Our schools are part of a practicing dental office that is closed to the public during class so students are not under pressure while in the learning. Our instructors are practicing Dental Assistant Professionals with years of experience. They enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills. They are here for your success and if you experience any difficulties we’ll arrange for additional help through our instructors.

Yes, we have three payment plans available to offer payment assistance for our students.  Click here to see our payment plans.  We work hard to ensure each of our students graduate debt free and enter their new career without being saddled with unnecessary debt.  In order to offer an accelerated 10 week program our school is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, such as FAFSA, Pell or other Federal Loan Programs. Unfortunately, since we are a 10-week accelerated course we are unable to accept financial aid such as FASFA and Pell grants. These are typically awarded to programs that are 8 months or longer.

While many other schools charge you extra fees or require purchasing your own materials like textbooks, etc., we offer an “all-inclusive” tuition program for our students. Tuition is $3,850.00 and includes everything you need to become a Registered Dental Assistant. There are no hidden fees or costs. We pay for your health care workers CPR, textbook, study guides and TSBDE state approved exam to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). We are by far the lowest total cost dental assisting program in the area. We offer two additional payment plans for those students who would like a “pay as you go” option, you can click here for more information on our weekly payment options.

Your text book, student study guide and all supplies are included in our tuition costs, there are NO HIDDEN FEES. We also pay for your CPR training and the State of Texas Registration Exam. You just need to bring a positive attitude and a desire to learn. We do require students to wear scrubs during the class and encourage a light weight jacket or sweater to be brought as well, but we will provide you with all of the necessary PPE.

We operate in a hybrid learning module, meaning our lectures, quizzes and exams are online and taken at the convenience of our students, but our hands-on is still done in a working dental office.  Weekly you should expect a total of approximately 8-10 hours of lectures, labs and study time.

  • Virtual Classroom – Each week you will access our Online Academy and:
    • Have access to that week’s video lecture, which is typically 4-5 hrs. of total lecture time
    • Submit a homework assignment based on the virtual lectures
    • Complete a weekly quiz in our online academy
    • Attend an optional online Live Study Hall with our instructors to review the material
  • In-person Lab Practicals – Each Saturday you will:
    • Attend a 4 hour in-person lab practical where you will be working with a small group, learning the instruments, procedures, and tasks to become a dental assistant.

At the end of 10 weeks you will graduate from HDAS. To become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) you must first pass the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners’ (TSBDE) exam.  In addition to our course curriculum, we have specific lectures and study guides to help pass the exam and become a Registered Dental Assistant. The TSBDE approved RDA exam is included in your tuition cost and completed at our location on Week 11 (we are one of the very few schools who administer the test in person) and our Directors proctor the exam to HDAS students only.  So you can count on an environment that is comfortable and you will be taking the exam with your fellow classmates.  

Yes! We encourage you to do that so you will be comfortable with your decision.  Click Contact Us to arrange for a visit, or feel free to visit the Locations page to reach out directly to the location Director to setup a 1:1 private tour. We will answer any questions you may have and give a tour of our office and facilities. Feel free to bring along a friend or family member, after all, a career is a big decision.

Absolutely, we have had a large number of students from over-seas complete our course and start their career in dental assisting.  But before you enroll, you will need to have your credentials validated by a 3rd party evaluation company, here is provider who can help: SpanTran Evaluation Company

 

 

There are 2 HDAS Enrollment Requirements:

  1. Complete an enrollment application online (below), a deposit of $975 is required to reserve your seat in the preferred session (you will receive an email after submittal to make your deposit payment)
  2. Provide a high school diploma or transcript, general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.), or college transcript (minimum of 12 credit hours).  If your diploma or transcript is from  outside the United States, it will require validation through a third party, here is provider who can help: SpanTran Evaluation Company

By visiting our website you have taken the first important step and we want to make enrollment as easy as possible. Enrolling is as easy as 1…2…3:

  1. Complete an enrollment application – click here to complete
  2. Pay a fully refundable deposit – you will receive an email after completing an enrollment form to make your deposit, or if you’ve already filled out the enrollment form, click here to make a deposit.
  3. Email a copy of your Highschool Diploma, Transcript or GED to your location director.
 
And that’s all there is to it!  We will email you all the information needed for the upcoming session as soon as you make your deposit.  We are looking forward to having you in class!

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for dental assistants is $41,180 annually or $19.80 per hour as of May 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htmhttps://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes319091.htm for more information specific to the labor report.

Yes! Based on on a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information, please visit https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-1.