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Workforce Dental Assistant

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. 

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.

Program participants will complete their externship at Thundermist facilities in West Warwick, Woonsocket, or Wakefield and have preferred hiring opportunities at one of the locations. 

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

Interviews have concluded for the May 8 cohort.

The course will be hybrid, with in-person and online virtual sessions. Students will need a computer and secure internet connection as Zoom will be used for the online lecture.

Course Schedule:
Course Date/s Location

Dental Assistant - Thundermist Cohort

May 8 - August 3, 2023

NEW Thundermist Dental Facility West Warwick, Hybrid





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


Time Commitment


14 weeks






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