Dental Assisting Fundamentals - Expanded Functions


CWI Workforce Development offers Online Dental Assistant training to advance your career.

Dental Assisting Fundamentals:

Enhance or begin your career as a dental assistant. Recognized by dentists as valid preparation for entry-level positions, this course is the first step toward furthering your career in dentistry. You will gain in-depth instruction in all aspects of dental materials, cavity classification, infection control, charting, terminology, local anesthetics, and legal/ethical dental issues.

Mastery Series of Expanded Functions:

These courses will allow you to take charge of your dental career and excel in your field by preparing you to mastering more dentistry skills.  Courses are approved by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry and will help you increase your job value in six specified dental procedures. Take one or all of these courses and continue to strive toward mastery!

  • Alginate Impressions
  • Polishing of Amalgam Restorations
  • Temporary Crowns
  • Pit & Fissure Sealants
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Nitrous Oxide

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Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Cavity classification
  • Infection control
  • Charting
  • Terminology
  • Local anesthetics
  • Legal/ethical dental issues
  • Alginate impressions
  • Polishing of amalgam restorations
  • Temporary crowns
  • Pit and fissure sealants
  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion


Delivery Formats:


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Dental Assisting Fundamentals:

            Pre-requisite – Currently employed by a dentist

Mastery Series of Expanded Functions:

            Pre-requisites –

  • Six months experience as a dental assistant
  • Currently employed by a dentist who will sign an agreement for you to take the course and meet one of the following criteria:
    • Currently certified by the Dental Assisting National Board
    • OR Graduate of an accredited dental assisting program
    • OR Successful completion or challenge of Dental Assisting Fundamentals


  • Dental Assisting Fundamentals – 32 hours of instruction, $475
  • Alginate Impressions – 12 hours of instruction, $310
  • Polishing of Amalgam Restorations – 7 hours of instruction, $310
  • Temporary Crowns – 21 hours of instruction, $310
  • Pit & Fissure Sealants – 10 hours of instruction, $310
  • Coronal Polishing – 16 hours of instruction, $310
  • Nitrous Oxide – 7 hours of instruction, $310

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

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