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Workforce Dental Assistant

Offered in partnership with Real Jobs Rhode Island and the RI Department of Labor and Training, this entry-level (non-CDA) Workforce Dental Assisting Program prepares students to perform basic dental assisting skills. This program prepares students to work within Rhode Island as a dental assistant and will qualify students to sit for two out of the three DANB certification examinations. This program is a 14-week full-time program and includes an externship. RJRI Logo

The main role of the Dental Assistant is to assist the dentist in a variety of office functions.  Responsibilities vary depending upon the office. In most offices the dental assistant plays a large role in four-handed dental assisting, maintaining CDC, OSHA and the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requirements and are directly involved in the disinfection and the sterilization process.

If interested in applying, please complete our Program Inquiry Form.

Interviews have concluded for the cohort starting February 27.


  • GED or high school diploma is required.
  • Must be a Rhode Island resident.
  • Bilingual students are encouraged to apply.

Due to the nature of this program, full immunizations are required for participation. The COVID-19 vaccine is required, and the booster is required if it has been more than two (2) months since your last dose. No exceptions for students.

Course Schedule:
Course Date/s Location

Dental Assistant

Program Start Date: TBD






No charge! This program is free for all that qualify and are accepted.


Time Commitment


14 weeks






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