Dental Assistant

Dental x-ray (bite-wing) of the left side without any visible decay.

The duties of a dental assistant are among the most varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many patient procedures requiring both interpersonal and technical clinical skills, such as taking and developing x-rays and placing dental sealants. A career in dental assisting offers variety, responsibility and personal satisfaction in helping others. Whether you work with children or adults, you can make a difference in how people feel about dental care. You’re also responsible for making sure that the dentist and/or hygienist have the information and the equipment they need, so that the exam or procedure can go smoothly and efficiently. This combination of roles can be challenging as well as gratifying.

Delegated Duties: Dental Assistants

Dental Assisting Programs in Minnesota

Central Lakes College

Brainerd Campus
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-855-8225 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8225
Website: Diploma
Website: AAS Degree

Century College

3300 Century Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-779-5778 or 800-228-1978

Dakota County Technical College

1300 – 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068-2999
Phone: 651-423-8483 or 877-937-3282

Hennepin Technical College
Brooklyn Park Campus

9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Phone: 763-488-2630 or 800-345-4655

Hennepin Technical College
Eden Prairie Campus

13100 College View Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952-995-1593 or 800-345-4655

Herzing University, Lakeland Academy Division

435 Ford Road
St Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 612-360-2484

Minnesota North College
Hibbing Campus

1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: 218-262-7233 or 800-224-4422

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-659-6071 or 800-247-0911, ext. 6071

Minnesota State Community & Technical College

Dental Assisting Program
1900 – 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-299-6588 or 800-426-5603

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

1011 – 1st Street West
Canby, MN 56220
Phone: 507-223-1346
Website: Diploma
Website: AAS Degree

Northwest Technical College

905 Grant Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-333-6657 (Direct) or 218-333-6600

Rochester Community And Technical College

851 – 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-280-3149 or 800-247-1296

South Central College Mankato

1920 Lee Boulevard
P.O. Box 1920
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: 507-389-7478

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

1245 – 15th Street North
St Cloud, MN 56303-1240
Phone: 320-308-5031 or 800-222-1009

MN Salary Information

Below is salary information of a Minnesota dental assistant.* You may also view wage information by state.

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*2022 May US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Board of Dentistry Dental Assistant Application

Dental Assistant Licensure Packet 


  • Graduated after September 2004 from a Minnesota dental assisting program that is (1) accredited by the American Dental Associations Commission on Accreditation and (2) approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • Passed, within 5 years prior to application for licensure, the Minnesota Dental Assistant State Licensure Examination.
  • Passed, within 5 years prior to application for licensure, the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination covering the statutes and rules of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • Passed, within 5 years prior to application for licensure, the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification Exam.

If you haven’t met the criteria above, please contact:

Joyce Nelson, Director of Licensure, for further details
Phone 612-617-2250
Non-metro 1-888-240-4762,
or Email:

Additional Resources

These resources provide information about educational and credentialing requirements for dental assistants: