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Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions but please feel free to contact us for any further questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get started on your exciting career path in dentistry!

How long is the program and how much will it cost?

The program will run on Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Students will attend class on 10 consecutive Fridays. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to participate in on-the-job training. We ask that you sign up for a 4-hour shift so we may stager the number of students available for chairside assisting opportunities.

The total cost is $4195 and can be split into two payments. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to reserve your spot in the program. You may pay the balance of tuition of $3995 on the first day of class.

Our payment plan option is as follows: A payment of $2000 is due on the first day of class, followed by a payment of $1995 due on the 5th week of class. Upon completion of the 10 week course, You will receive a certificate in dental assisting, an x-ray radiation safety certificate and a CPR certification. That is everything you need to start your career as a dental assistant.

Will I be able to find a job?

The demand for dental assistants is at an all time high in the northern Idaho area. Upon graduation from North Idaho Dental personnel, you will be well prepared to start your new career. Though we cannot guarantee placement, we will make every effort to assist you in job placement. In fact, many interview and are hired before they graduate.

How do I apply?

To reserve your spot in one of our upcoming classes you need to schedule a tour, complete a paper registration form and make a $200 non-refundable deposit.

Why is this program so much shorter and less expensive than the others I have seen?

There are two pathways to becoming a Certified Dental Assistant. The first is to take a very expensive course that takes 9-12 months. It is taught entirely in a classroom followed by a one-month unpaid internship. You can take the DANB Certified Dental Assistant exam right after the program. The other pathway is through on-the-job training. Once you have completed a minimum of 3500 hours of approved work experience you are also eligible to take the CDA exam. This is an on-the0job training program. Regardless of which pathway you choose, until you take the CDA exam you’ll be classified as a Dental Assistant. This style program has become so popular over the last few years because dental assisting is best learned on the job. We take you out of the classroom and into the dental office.

I’m waiting to get into hygiene school. Is this the best program for me?

Yes! The more experience you have working in the dental field, the better your chances of begin accepted into hygiene school and the more successful you will be once you are accepted. Get a head start on your dental career and gain experience, knowledge and get comfortable working with patients starting now. Often our graduates will work as assistants while waiting to start hygiene school because they realize how much on the job training will help them in the long run.

How Much will I make?

Less than 1 year experience: $15-$18 per hour. *

1-2 years experience: $15-$20 per hour.*

3-5 years experience: $18-$23 per hour*

5+ years experience : $24-$35 per hour.*

*These rates are just an estimate and not a guarantee of pay rate.

**Many offices offer paid vacations, medical and dental benefits, bonuses and retirement.

Is there any tuition assistance?

We are currently registered and approved with Idaho Department of Labor Equus, WIOA and LAUNCH programs. We encourage our applicants to apply with them to see if you qualify for assistance.  We also encourage checking with your local Rotary for tech scholarships. 

What form of payment is accepted?

NIDP can accept cash, check and credit cards. Credit cards are subject to a 3% processing fee. Returned checks subject to $25 fee. 

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What Our Students Say

Sophia C.

" North Idaho Dental Personnel really helped me get my foot in the door and made me feel confident in starting a career in the dental field. This program has a mixture of textbook knowledge, long-standing colleague knowledge and hands-on learning...."

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