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
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
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
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
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
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
Arianna Viggiani
HealthLinc Dental Assistant Student

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 in a high-demand job.

  • 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 a 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 student’s 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
  • A 4-month program with lectures and on-site experiences, including an introduction to dental assisting and dental terminology, materials and procedures and patient care management
  • Homework is estimated at 5-10 hours per week
  • Reliable transportation to training and clinics
  • 16 hours a week for lecture and skills practice at our training center with a HealthLinc dental instructor
  • 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
  • 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 daprogram@healthlincchc.org or 219-413-5100 Ext. 2708.
Lita Gamez

Lita Gamez

Dental Educator

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