Dental Assisting School – Kentucky

Dental Assisting School - KYOUR MISSION

Is to provide our students with a basic understanding of the field of dentistry and help them  obtain the skills necessary to have a successful and rewarding career.

The Dental Assisting Course offered here is a thirteen week program consisting of 96 hours of instruction and practical training (12 weeks). In addition to that, each student will do a 40 hour internship, totaling 136 hours of instruction (13 weeks total).

Goal and Objective: To prepare each student for a career in the field of dentistry. This course schedule is designed to meet that vocational goal and objectives. Each week the student will receive 4 hours of lecture and video instruction with approximately 4 hours of clinical or hands on instruction. Home work is provided with an average of 3 hours per week. There is a one hour scheduled lunch each day.

Internship: Is designed to give students additional hands on training that they wouldn’t get in a classroom setting. They will develop practical skills and become familiar and comfortable working with and around patients. The internship office and dentist will ensure that each student get the required 40 hours’ worth of training. DCI does not provide internships for it’s students. Internship is the responsibility of the individual student.

The students will work directly under the supervision of a licensed dentist and their staff. This will give the students valuable experience while assisting the doctor chairside and being directly involved with sterilization and front office. Internship activities will include; Sterilization, tray set ups, Autoclave, proper handling of dental instruments, assisting the doctor during procedures, answering the phone, accounts receivable, making appointments, etc. The doctor will ensure that the required 40 hours is completed with a pass/fail grade. Students must receive a “pass” grade on their internship in order to graduate from the program.

Criteria for Graduation

Students must pass two written exams, the Mid-Term and the Final, weekly quizzes, weekly competency work and the Internship as listed above to graduate.

Each student must receive a score of 80% or higher on each of the Mid-Term and Final Exams to Pass this course. Scores of 79% or lower on Mid-Term or Final Exams will result in failure of this course. Weekly quizzes from the workbook and in the lab will be graded and will count 10% of the overall grade for the class. Competency work will be evaluated weekly on a pass/fail basis. In the event that a student should fail a practical lab they will have the once chance to retake and pass. There is no retake on the Practical Final Exam which is given week 12. Student’s must complete 40 hours of internship and receive an evaluation of Pass to pass either course. An evaluation of failure from the internship requirement will result in failure of either course as well. Upon graduation students will be awarded a certificate of completion to denote their achievement. The grading is as follows: Midterm and Final Exam=80%, Practical=10%, Weekly quizzes=10%.

Student’s progress will be evaluated by weekly quizzes with questions coming from the homework, and evaluation of competency labs. Students will receive a Progress Report every two weeks, which will include current status of Pass or Fail and course of action to improve in the case of failure. If the student has not made satisfactory progress  by the next progress report (two weeks) then they will receive a notification to be dropped from that course session and allowed to retake the course starting at the next session. Failure to attend the next session will result in an automatic F for the course. In the event that a student should fail the Mid-Term exam they will have one chance to retake it. All retakes must be taken within two weeks of failed exam or competency and retake scores are used to determine pass or fail. Final exam and Practical exam cannot be retaken in the event of failure.

Each student must receive/attend;

*Weekly Quizzes/Lab work   80% or higher (cumulative)

*Mid-Term Exam (written)     80% or higher (one re-take)

*Final Exam (written)   80% or higher (no re-take)

*Practical Exam    80% or higher (no re-take)

*Internship       Pass/Fail

*Attendance    96 hours Lecture with Lab/40 hour internship

Admissions Policy is as follows: Applicants must either be a High school diploma or equivalent credential, to be admitted into either course. Applicants must pay a $75.00 application fee upon application. Class size is limited to 20 students per session, therefore students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis. To Apply: Applicants can obtain an application form from Tija Hunter, 7766 Winghaven Blvd, O’Fallon MO  63368, or from our web site. Applications must be submitted with $75.00 application fee to the address above, no later than 3 days before the start of the next class.  If submitted less than 3 days prior to the start of the session and there is sufficient room to allow the student in, the student will be admitted. If class size is full, then the student will be allowed to start at the next session date.

The Standard and Grading for student achievement is as follows: Passing scores or evaluations are 80% and higher. Failing scores or evaluations are 79% and less. Mid-term and Final written exams, as well as Competencies and Internship must each receive a Pass for graduation. Quizzes are scored weekly and cumulatively count for 10% of the overall grade. Students must pass the Practical Exam with a score of 80% or better to pass the course.

The Tuition, Fees and Supplies for the Dental Assisting course are $4,250.00, which includes:

Tuition:  $2,525.00

Fees:  $550.00

Supplies:  $1,150.00

Additional Expenses that expected of students: White tennis shoes and socks to be worn each day are required as part of your uniform. Pencils, pens, note book paper

Refund Policy: Students must give written notice of cancellation including name, date and reason for cancellation to: Tija Hunter, Director; 7766 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon MO.  63368

When a notice of cancellation is given within 3 days after the date that enrollment agreement is signed (not including Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays) all application-registration fees, tuition, and any other charges (full refund) shall be refunded to the student. When notice of cancellation is given after the 3rd day ( not including Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays) following enrollment but prior to the close of business on the student’s first day of class attendance, the school may retain no more than the application-registration fee which may not exceed $75.00, plus the cost of uniforms which is not to exceed $125.00.  When notice of cancellation is given after the student’s completion of the first day of class attendance, the school may retain the application-registration fee, plus the cost of any books or materials, and cost of the uniform which have been provided by the school. Tuition will be reimbursed at the schedule below.

Refund Policy: Refunds will be given according to the following schedule:

10% complete—90% refund

20% complete—80% refund

30% complete—70% refund

40% complete—50% refund

50% complete—40% refund

51% or more complete—no refund is given

Due to the personal protective equipment given out on the first day, at no time shall the Uniform and Safety Equipment fee of $125 be refunded.

Termination or Withdrawal: Any student may withdraw in person or in writing. Withdrawal from the program should be directed to Tija Hunter, Director. Students who discontinue training for any reason are required to have an exit interview with the Director.  Exit interviews are not mandatory, but recommended.

Dental Assisting Course Calendar: Each course session is a twelve (12) week course, or 96 hours of instruction followed by a one week, 40 hour internship. Instruction given weeks 1-6 with a mid-term exam given on week 7. Instruction given weeks 7-12 with a final and practical exam given on week 12, followed by one week (40 hours) of internship.  There are three course sessions a year, January, April and September.

Absence and tardiness policy: Class is from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays with a one hour scheduled lunch each day. Students must make up any missed class time the following week.  If a student misses two or more classes the student will automatically be withdrawn from the class.  The student can choose to finish the program the following session or the student can be issued a refund based on the criteria of the of the refund policy.  Half days count as whole days. Tardiness will not be tolerated for the respect of all students. If a student is later than 15 minutes the student must contact the director immediately.  Exceptions will be given only to sever illness or death in the family.

Rules of Conduct and Appearance: Classes begin promptly at 8:00am each Saturday and run until 5pm. If you are running late, you must call the instructor to let them know your approximate time of arrival. Students must wear uniform or scrubs and clean white tennis shoes and socks during class instruction. Students must wear safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves and masks) during all lab and operatory instructions. Students must not eat, drink smoke or chew gum during class instruction. Students must not be disruptive during class time or interfere with the instruction of other students. Failure to follow these requirements for conduct and appearance are grounds for dismissal. Students caught cheating on exams will NOT graduate this course and receive a grade of F on the final. We will not tolerate cheating of any kind.

Student Services:  Students will receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and a letter of recommendation. Students can obtain additional copies of certificates, transcripts, or recommendation letters for $10.00 each. Students must make a written request including their name, the address where the documents should be sent, which documents and quantity with an enclosed check for the appropriate amount. The request must be addressed and checks payable to:

 The Dental Careers Institute

7766 Winghaven Blvd.

O’Fallon, MO  63368

Grievances: If a student has an incident to treatment received or an objection about their education, they must submit that in writing to the instructor within three days from the day of the incident. The instructor will then answer that appeal with in three days of receiving that letter. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Director. The Director has five days to resolve the situation with the student. This procedure must be done by the student only. No petition by more than one student or group of students will be considered as an official appeal. Students not satisfied with The Dental Career Institute’s grievance policy may pursue further resolution of complaints through the following agency.

Kentucky State Board For Proprietary Education

911 Leawood Drive

Frankfort, KY  40601

Physical Description of School Facilities: All classes are taught in a modern state of the art dental office complete with 14 operators, 2 restrooms, a sterilization area, business office and reception area. Classes (lecture) will be held in the lounge area or the reception area of the office and lab will be held in the back office or operators.  The office is fully handicapped accessible.

Transferability of Credits: The Dental Careers Institute does not accept transfer of credits from another institution nor can students transfer credits to another institution from here.

Number of students: The number of students for any given course may range from 4 to 20, not to exceed 24.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement: The Dental Careers Institute is committed to equal opportunity for education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status (as defined under the Immigration Reform and Control Act), disability, or veteran’s status.


Eric Hurtte D.M.D.   Graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, 2000. Upon graduation, Dr. Hurtte worked for a company servicing the elderly in nursing homes. He has been in private practice for 9 years, is involved in community outreach projects and continues to serve the elderly in an adult day care facility.

Tija Hunter CDA, EFDA  is a graduate of Missouri College (1981) and holds her Certified Dental Assistant certificate from the Dental Assisting National Boards, her Expanded Functions certification in Restorative I and II, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics through the Missouri Dental Association. She also holds her N2O Sedation Certificate from the Missouri Dental Association. She is the currant office manager/assistant to Dr. Eric Hurtte.

Michele Smiley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Dental Assisting EDDA (Expanded Duties Dental Assistant) program. She has been a practicing dental assistant for over 25 years and employed at Pebble Creek Dentistry for 8 years.

Main Campus Location:

Pebble Creek Dentistry

2100 North Main Street

Madisonville, KY  42431

Issue Date: 8-4-15

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