Lita Delgado

Dental Educator

HealthLinc is offering a Dental Assistant Training Program to expand access to dental health care by training its future leaders in the healthcare community. Students who join HealthLinc’s Dental Assistant Training Program gain hands-on, on-the-job learning and experience in our primary care clinics throughout northern Indiana. Our small class size allows students to have the support they need during the program. In just four months, students will receive the knowledge needed to advance their future with a guaranteed job during and after the program.


  • To provide educational opportunities for career advancement in the dental assisting field
  • Enable graduates to gain the competencies, skills, productivity and knowledge to assist as an entry-level dental assisting professional
  • Offer debt-free education through an accredited dental assisting training program (Note: book and supply fees are deducted from pay)
  • Increase the number of dental assistants within the HealthLinc organization as well as our communities
  • 4-month program, totaling 288 externship hours with lectures and on-site experiences, including introduction to dental assisting and dental terminology, materials and procedures and patient care management
  • Homework is estimated at 5-10 hours per week, depending on each students’ pace
  • 24 hours a week of on-site clinical experience at a HealthLinc clinic
  • 16 hours a week for lecture and skills practice at our new corporate training center with a HealthLinc dental instructor
  • Preparation for DANB Radiology Test
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Valid proof of identification
  • Reliable transportation to training and clinics
  • A high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or equivalent
  • Proficient in verbal and written English
  • Must be able to work full-time (maximum of 40 hours).
  • Must sign a 2-year mandatory employment agreement
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

2021-2022 HealthLinc Dental Assistant Cohort: Opens May 16, 2022 – Closes June 13, 2022

  • Complete application by choosing Dental Assistant Program Trainee on our career page
  • Participate in a phone interview with the dental instructor
  • Attend an in-person interview with HealthLinc’s dental educator and site operations director
  • Pass pre-employment drug screening and background check
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

The Dental Assistant Training Program tuition costs $7,350, which is paid for by HealthLinc. Tuition includes all necessary program fees, including textbooks, equipment, CPR certification, immunizations, American Dental Assistant Association student members and Radiology examination with DANB (first attempt only).

Specific questions about the Dental Assistant Training Program should be addressed to the dental educator at or 219-413-5100 Ext. 2708.

When I saw the Dental Assistant Training Program, I knew I needed this opportunity. I’d always wanted to go into the dental field, and I needed a career change. This program allows participants like me to start a new career without the stress of paying for school. You get in-class learning from an instructor who stops at nothing to make sure you succeed and in-clinic experience with welcoming coworkers who are willing to help. This program has been such a great opportunity, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get into the dental field!

Elizabeth Davis

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be in the dental field. After high school, I completed a dental assisting program and right after started as a dental patient service representative at HealthLinc. Over the years, I knew I wanted to get back into the field but didn’t know how to go about it. When the program started, I knew it was finally time to do what I love again and to be re-trained and up to date with radiology. I am so grateful to be a part of this program led by an instructor who is passionate about helping and teaching us everything we need to know to succeed. We have already learned so much, and I cannot wait to see how much we all grow in the field once we finish. I am excited to start this next chapter in my life in a career I love.

Alexzandra Dziubla

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

I was intrigued by HealthLinc’s Dental Assistant Training Program because it’s only four months long, and I would be debt free with a job afterward. I learn best through hands-on experience, so the program’s weekly structure has been great and eased my worries about completing the program. I am surrounded by remarkable staff members that are willing to help in any way they can, and my preceptor is amazing and does what she can to help me succeed in the program. Our instructor is amazing and funny, and she explains the materials thoroughly. This is an amazing and unique experience, and I feel fortunate to be part of it.

Raquel Paulino

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

While scrolling aimlessly one night, I heard about HealthLinc’s Dental Assistant Training Program and immediately jumped on the opportunity. Growing up, I never saw myself in the dental field, so I was apprehensive about applying. However, I felt like I was in a continuous routine and knew I needed a new challenge. This program has allowed me to learn a whole new trade and provide for myself financially at the same time. The instructor for the program genuinely cares about your well-being and success, as well as other staff. I am very thankful for this opportunity and am excited to continue my education and career.

Amanda Rust

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a dental assistant. However, I never had the time or means to move forward with this goal. When I started working at HealthLinc, I got information about HealthLinc’s Dental Assistant Training Program and anxiously waited for the recruitment process to begin. I’m grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime and feel so blessed and thankful. Our instructor is patient, smart, funny, resilient and passionate about all she teaches, making learning fun and joyful. The hands-on learning at the sites makes practicing what you learn in class easier. Even though it’s intense, it’s all worth it!

Tatiana Vega

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

I always wanted to go into the dental field but turned away because of remarks from my family. I tried other options in the medical field, but still wasn’t happy which is crucial for me to provide excellent care to my patients. When I saw HealthLinc’s Dental Assistant Training Program, I applied immediately. I am still in college to eventually become a dental hygienist, but this program allows me to have a career and be debt free, regardless of my college journey. I can’t wait to see the opportunities to grow in the dental field.

Arianna Viggiani

HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

A female dental assistant smiling and wearing blue gloves, standing in front of a dental x-ray machine.

"Great employees, nice, clean environment. Love it when they find ways to help those with low or no income. Every little bit helps so much and they sometimes have contests or promotions to help you help yourself. I am entered to win a Kindle because I had a PAP done. How awesome is that?"


"My doctor is wonderful. He takes his time and I never feel rushed. I am always in the room on time and out within a reasonable time."

"First time and I was absolutely impressed. Had a dental emergency and no insurance. HealthLinc went above and beyond my expectations. Ended up having 5 teeth pulled that have been bothering me for years. No other dentist would even touch them because I had no dental insurance. I can honestly say I was very impressed and thankful to finally have decent care at a decent price."

"I love HealthLinc! Service is always fast and friendly. Nurses and doctors are wonderful! I refer HealthLinc to all my friends!"

"Comfortable atmosphere, sliding scale payments with good physicians that care. They truly care about the patients and go above and beyond to help. I went to HealthLinc before having insurance, but still go here now that I do because I enjoy them that much. I would recommend to anyone seeking general medical help."

"I have had nothing but caring doctors and dentist here for my child. On her first dentist apt. they were very understanding and patient with my child who was afraid and comforted her very well. The doctor was amazing and I'm happy she's my daughter's new family physician."


"When we lost our health insurance I panicked, but a HealthLinc Navigator was there to help. She held my hand through the entire process and made sure I was taken care of. In a time of such uncertainty, she made me feel confident that we would be OK. "

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