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Dental Assisting

Free Training

This all-expense paid, 8-week accelerated program will provide you with the skills you need to enter a high-demand career as a Dental Assistant.

Topics covered will include: A History and Foundation of Dentistry, Dental Terminology, Dental Anatomy, Instrumentation and Infection Control, General Chairside Assisting, Dental Laboratory, Impressions & Pouring, Dental Emergencies, Dental Administration and Communication Skills, OSHA & HIPPA Review, Radiology Review, and Resume Writing & Interview Skills.

In addition to the 45 hands-on hours of in-person training, students will be expected to complete at-home study.

You'll learn how to:

  • Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair

  • Prepare patients and the work area for treatment and procedures

  • Sterilize dental instruments

  • Hand instruments to dentists during procedures

  • Dry patients' mouths using suction hoses and other equipment

  • Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene

  • Process x-rays and complete lab tasks, under dentist's direction

  • Keep records of dental treatments

  • Schedule patient appointments and work with them on billing and payments

Quick Facts
  • Our Spring 2024 Cohort is FULL

    Spring 2024 Dates
    March 25th - May 20, 2024
    In-person classes take place Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Maine Resident
    High school diploma or equivalent
    At least 18+ before the start of the training
    May not have previously used Maine Jobs & Recovery Funding for training course.


This training program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is generously provided through the Harold Alfond Grant and the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to provide customized workforce training grants to Maine residents, with delivery through YCCC and Maine’s other community colleges.

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The employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 44,000 openings for dental assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. (

On the Road to Success

I want to take a moment and share my excitement and praise for the Dental Assisting Program that is being offered at YCCC. The dental field is in desperate need of dental assistants, and this need only continues to
grow (especially in Maine)!

I was honored for the opportunity to interview and connect with these students. Each one demonstrated exceptional traits that I look for when hiring for our practices. Their knowledge, professionalism, personality, and enthusiasm was immediately apparent. This program immediately opens doors for a career within the field and equips them with foundational and technical skills they can apply right away. The opportunity to take the RHS exam will give them a huge advantage when applying for a position. The insight and connections that Stacey is able to provide them are unique and invaluable. I have not seen this from any other assisting program.

On behalf of myself and my doctors, thank you for offering this opportunity to students in the Southern Maine area. I know we will see a lasting impact on the dental profession for years to come because of it and I hope that it continues to be offered.

Carlen Brady - Practice Director Brighton Dental Associates & Windham Dental Associates

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