Dental Assistant

Program Runs

08/17/20 – 05/19/21

5:30p – 10p

900 Clock Hour

Certificate Program


The Dental Assistant Program will offer students the opportunity to obtain the training needed to assist the dentist in providing care for patients. Your training in dental terminology, chair side assisting procedures, radiology, infection control, and dental office computers will make you a valuable asset to any dental practice. Graduates have the opportunity to work for a private dental practice or work at a dental clinic performing a variety of services.


General Dentistry including;
Infection control and OSHA guidelines *
Chair-side Assisting *
Dental Anatomy
Dental Terminology
Dental Instruments*
Dental Materials*
Computers in the Dental Office *

*These classes will have a laboratory and/or clinic time along with lecture.

Important note: Franklin Technology Center programs are based on clock hours and may not be transferable to other education facilities. Clinical Rotations and Externship is included in the program’s 900 clock hours. Franklin Technology Center requires students to maintain a 90% attendance and an overall 75% grade course average during the program. Students are not certified/registered upon graduation from the program. Students must meet national testing organization entrance requirements and successfully complete their examination to become certified/registered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT), which offers the Registered Dental Assistant certification. Program graduates will have to have additional post graduate, on-the-job dental chair side work experience to meet current national dental assistant examination requirements for the DANB certification.



The dental field has been a large part of my life and career;  as a dental assistant for 25 years and a dental hygienist for 9 years. I have applied my skills and knowledge to teaching and coordinating the Dental Assistant Program for Franklin Technology for the past 10 years.

Throughout my career, I have compiled an AS in Dental Hygiene and licensed as a RDH in the state of Missouri, a DANB and EFDA certification and earned a post-secondary teaching certification with the Missouri Department of Education.

I have been married for 30 years and have two married daughters.  We also have two dogs and two cats who keep us being parents at home!  In my spare time, I like to ride my motorcycle, golf, sew, and do yard work.


Diana is a Registered, Certified and Expanded Functions dental assistant. Her educational experience
allows her to treat patients by performing certain procedures for the dentist, just as a physicians’
assistant performs certain procedures for the physician. Diana’s education has been tested and
approved by the American Dental Association and the Dental Assistants National Board. She has
assisted in general dentistry for over twenty five years. Her genuine care for the patients is one of her
strong attributes.

Diana has been teaching the Dental Assistant Program at Franklin Technology@ Missouri Southern
State University since 2004, and is also the Clinical Coordinator of the program.

She attended Missouri Southern State University and received her teaching certificate from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. Her continuing education keeps her current on all phases of new technology in dentistry.


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**tuition and fees for 2020-2021 are estimates only and are subject to change**

A NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $50 is required prior to acceptance into program.


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