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Why choose the Dental Assistant School of Lake County?

The Dental Assistant School of Lake County prepares students for a career in dental assisting with the knowledge and skills to begin employment immediately upon graduation.

We are licensed by the Dental Careers Institute, Inc. which is the oldest and most experienced dental assistant training program in the country. Proudly serving Waukegan, Beach Park, Grayslake, Zion, North Chicago, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Antioch, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Bluff and surrounding counties. Research has shown a hands on training program is the best and most efficient way to learn. You will be taught in an actual, practicing dental office by dental professionals, NOT sitting in a vocational school classroom. Our clinic has the absolute latest in dental technology, including digital xrays, CAD-CAM, and state-of-the-art treatment room equipment. Our program is also flexible to your needs so that you can continue your full time job while preparing for your new career.

Thank you for your interest in dental assisting. We look forward to meeting and working with you in your next step towards an exciting and fulfilling career!

Dennis Dobrin, DDS
Founder and President

About Us

The Dental Assistant School of Lake County is a licensed facility of Dental Careers Institute, Inc. founded in 1987. We are also approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Our 10 week program taught in a modern dental office will prepare students for immediate employment in dental practices.

Our Program

Our program objective at Dental Careers Academy is to teach our students how to be competent dental assistants by teaching the basic principles of dentistry, as well as providing them with a strong knowledge in clinical dentistry, equipment, and techniques.

Subjects are taught in depth from both a didactic and a practical clinical experience. The lecture is followed clinical, “hands-on” training, on campus, in our practicing dental office. During their course of study, the students will learn the operation of all equipment, instrumentation, and materials commonly used in a general dental practice. All students receive in excess of eight (8) hours of instruction in radiology.

The course will run ten (10) consecutive weeks, eight (8) classroom hours per week for a total of eighty (80) classroom hours of instruction. This will include lecture material as well as clinical “hands-on” training. Upon program completion, each student will receive a certificate of completion and job placement assistance.

The courses listed below, all begin with a course number (Example: DEA072) These course numbers are used to identify the courses when transferring credits between institutions, however, Dental Careers Academy is not an accredited school and will not accept or transfer credits to or from other institutions.

Click here to download our full course catalog

I. DEA072 – Dental Theory and Terminology – 12 hours

  1. Dental and oral anatomy, tooth identification and numbering system
  2. Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of General Dentistry
  3. Dental terminology
  4. Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage
  5. Treatment options available, depending on oral conditions

II. DEA073 – Receptionist – Front Desk Office Management – 10 hours

  1. Phone techniques and appointment book control
  2. Billing: accounts receivable and accounts payable, collections
  3. Filing insurance forms and pre-treatment estimates
  4. Insurance terminology

III. DEA074 – Four-Handed Dental Assisting – 10 hours

  1. Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and patient suctioning
  2. Chair-side doctor-patient-assistant positioning
  3. Tub and tray systems of instruments and materials
  4. Familiarity and use of instruments and materials in assisting for:
    1. Operative Dentistry- composite restorations
    2. Oral Surgery – instruments, procedures, and post-op protocol
    3. Crown and Bridge – polyvinyl “gun type” impression taking, temporary fabrication, cord packing, hemostatic agents, introduction into various crown types
    4. Endodontics – instruments, medicaments, and materials: how and why they are used
    5. Periodontics – disease origin and usual treatment methods
    6. Pedodontics – commonality and differences in treating children vs. adult patients

IV. DEA075 – Radiology – 8 hours

  1. X-ray theory and technique, use of Rinn© holders and other methods
  2. Intraoral, bitewing and panoramic methods
  3. X-ray identification, interpretation, safety, and precautions

V. DEA076 – Impressions and Model Trimming – 10 hours

  1. Impression materials and practice in their uses: alginates, polyvinyl siloxane, etc
  2. Wax bites, counter impressions,
  3. Model pouring and trimming

VI. DEA077 – Cements and Liners – 10 hours

  1. Introduction to various cements and liners used in dentistry
  2. Practice mixing cements and liners

VII. DEA078 – Sterilization Techniques – 10 hours

  1. Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation
  2. Instrument and equipment sterilization / disinfection
  3. Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques
  4. Handpiece care and maintenance

VIII. DEA079 – Job Interview and Placement Assistance – 10 hours

  1. Proper image, dress, resume, and how to prepare for the job interview itself
  2. Difficult questions you may face – how to answer them

Program Schedule

The program is available up to four times a year, depending on student interest and demand. The classes are taught two nights per week, so you may continue your full-time job while you train for your new career in Dental Assisting. We will also have opportunities for our students to observe and work with real dentists during the course if they so choose to.

Tuition & Payment

Students may choose from the following payment options:

Full tuition is $3495.  Payment plans are available but need to be discussed with the director.

There are many options for financing the 10 week assisting school education:

  • Cash, Check or Credit Card

The tuition fee is all-inclusive of the following:

  • All training is provided by experienced, practicing dental professionals in an actual dental office, not a classroom
  • “Hands on” training throughout the course to solidify classroom concepts
  • A small, maximum class size of 10 students and no more than 5 students per faculty for intimate learning experience
  • Exposure to all aspects of general dentistry, including both clinical and front office skills
  • Beginning radiology (x-ray) training
  • All visual aids, materials, and supplies
  • Use of all equipment and instrumentation

Enroll Now

In order to enroll as a student in the Dental Assisting School of Lake County, please complete the following:

1) Print the student enrollment and financial arrangement form below

Click here to download the complete enrollment agreement

2) Print the school catalog form below

Click here to download the school catalog

Contact Us

Dental Assistant School Lake County Illinois
101 S. Greenleaf St. Ste E, Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 691-2521

If you have additional questions regarding our dental program please feel free to call us direct or send your comments.