Did you know Americans spend over $111 billion each year on dentistry? 
Northeastern Illinois University and MK Education have partnered to offer a non-credit
Dental Assistant Training Program

Be a part of 
Northeastern Illinois University

Become a
Dental Assistant Today! 

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For immediate questions, contact MK Education at
630.541.3600 X 8606
Dental Assistant Course


This program will cover topics essential to becoming a dental assistant. Students will learn the legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental healthcare worker. An introduction to general dental settings and office procedures will be covered as well as the principles of microbiology, disease prevention, and infection control procedures. By the completion of this program, students will have knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the mouth as it relates to dental functions.

The course meets the requirements of several national boards, where upon completion of the program, students can register for the national certification exams.


  • At least 18 years of age

  • High school diploma or G.E.D

  • Proficient in vocabulary, comprehension, and math concepts

Course Duration


The length of the course is approximately 6 months, including externship. It is comprised of 120 hours in didactic (online and lab) and 120 hours of externship, totaling 240 hours. 

Topics Covered Include

  • Description of legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental health care worker

  • General dental setting/office procedures

  • Principles of microbiology and disease prevention and infection control procedures

  • Anatomy and physiology as it relates to Dental functions

  • Record patient assessment data; use and knowledge of dental instruments and equipment

  • Pharmacology and anesthesia as they relate to dentistry

Externship Program​


The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment. As part of the program, students receive hands-on-training by completing a 120 clock-hour externship at a local dental site through MK Education.


The externship experience in a dental setting is performed under the supervision of a dentist, dental technician or dental assistant. Routine techniques are observed and performed. Students will be placed in pre-arranged dental offices with the understanding that they have had dental theory. The students should be allowed to work chair-side after observing the procedure and the doctor and staff feels the student understands the duties he/she is to perform.

MK Education has established relationships with sites (clinics and hospitals) nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete this externship for all students.

Financial Assistance

Payment Plans and student loans through Sallie Mae are also available for this program.

For more info on tuition assistance, contact NEIU at 

(773) 442-5080.