Frequently Asked Questions
When Does the Next Session Start ?
How long does it take to become a Dental Assistant ?
How can you program be so fast?
When is the next Open House?
Do I need any previous experience?
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
I've been out of school for a while, is that ok?
Do you offer financial assistance?
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.
How much does tuition cost?
Do I need to buy books or supplies?
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.
What does a typical week look like?
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.
Will I graduate as a Dental Assistant?
Can I come by and visit the school before enrolling?
Yes! We encourage you to do that so you will be comfortable with your decision. Click here 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.
Do you accept international diplomas or transcripts?
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
What are the requirements to enroll?
There are 2 HDAS Enrollment Requirements:
- 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).
- 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
How do I enroll and save my seat?
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:
- Complete an enrollment application – click here to complete
- 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.
- 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!
How much do dental assistants make?
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 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information specific to the labor report.