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What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental Assistants are vital members of the dental health care team who help to increase the efficiency and productivity of the dental practice by assisting the dentist in delivering patient care, performing allowable functions, and helping in the dental business office. GFC dental assistant program graduates possess knowledge and a deeper understanding of clinical skills needed in general and specialty dental practices, along with awareness of the legal, ethical, and professional standards of the profession. In addition, program graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a DANB certified dental assistant, or CDA. Because dentists employ two or three dental assistants, employment opportunities are excellent.

Employment Data
  Dental Assistant
Median Wage (MT)* $36,660 yearly - $17.63 per hour

Median Wage (US)*

$40,080 yearly - $19.27 per hour
Annual Job Openings (MT)* 175
Annual Job Openings (US)* 44,800
Expected Growth (MT)* 7.7%
Expected Growth (US)* 5.2%
*Montana Career Information System
Why Great Falls College MSU

What Our Graduates and Dentists Say

  • "The Great Falls College Dental Assistant Program helped prepare me for my career in ways I would not have imagined. The qualified and skilled instructors provided me with an ability to understand oral health and basic knowledge that I could apply to my career daily. They also taught me skills that have made me more successful and confident in my career."

    - Kyrie, class of 2018

  • "I attended the Dental Assisting program almost 15 years ago and am thankful everyday for the quality education I received at GFCMSU. The hands-on learning and the professionalism and experience of the instructors is top notch. I highly recommend this program and this wonderful profession."

    - Tina, class of 2006

  • "I owe the foundation of my career to the GFC Dental Assistant program. The program provided me the knowledge and skills needed to obtain my CDA which allowed me to gain employment in another other state."

    - Kelly, class of 2002

  • "The Great Falls College Dental Assistant program helped be to become the best DA I can be. The small class sizes provided us with more one-on-one time with the instructors. Labs provided us with hands-on experience which allowed students to gain the skills necessary for a dental assistant."

    - Kyleigh, class of 2020

  • "We have worked closely with the dental assisting program in Great Falls. When we hire, we look for dental assistants who have graduated from that program. We have found that, upon graduation, these dental assistants have more confidence, skill, and knowledge and are able to jump right in and get to work."

    - Kevin Fairhurst, DMD

Figure Out Your Finances

Dental Assistant Program Estimated Costs

Figure Out Your Finances

Students seeking federal financial aid (which includes grants and loans) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which online at As a result of completing a FAFSA, an applicant will receive a federal Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail or online. An electronic version of the SAR is automatically sent to the schools listed on the FAFSA. To list Great Falls College MSU, use our school code: 009314.

Students applying for financial aid may also be required to provide proper federal income tax information, completed verification materials, and any other information requested by the Financial Aid Office. Students must apply for financial aid annually.

Assistance is available to prospective students applying for financial aid. In addition, financial aid counseling for new students is an integral part of the admissions and orientation process. Once enrolled, students may receive counseling and assistance as needed. For assistance, please call 406-771-4334, or write to the Financial Aid Office, Great Falls College MSU, 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405, or email

Great Falls College MSU also offers a wide variety of different scholarships to assist you in paying for your college. To view a list of current scholarship offerings, please see our scholarship page.

Explore Course Lists

Dental Assistant Program Course Lists

For the complete course list and for more information on pre-requisite courses, please visit the catalog page for this program.

Application Deadlines

Program Admission Process

The Dental Assistant Program Admissions Committee reviews submitted application packets. Although not required, it is recommended that students complete most, if not all general education core coursework prior to entry into the Dental Assistant program. The postmarked date of submission of a complete application packet will be the decisive factor for accepting up to18 students to the program. Only students in Good Academic Standing will be eligible for program acceptance. The earliest postmarks will be given the highest priority and only complete applications will be accepted for evaluation purposes. Please only submit copies of the original documents.

The priority deadline for applications to the Dental Assistant Program is June 1. Completed Program Application Packets must be submitted via mail or hand delivered to:

Contact Information

Robin R. Williams, CDA, MS
Dental Assistant Program Director
Phone: 406-771-4351

Mailing Address

GFC MSU Dental Clinic Coordinator
Attention: Dental Assistant Program
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls MT, 59405

  • Please send all application items as a completed packet. Items sent separately and at random are easily lost or misfiled. We are not responsible for any late, lost or misfiled information. Please only send required documentation as other supplemental items will be discarded.
  • Priority Application Due Date: June 1
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met by the established deadline. Deadlines, guidelines, and policies apply equally to all students; thus, there can be no exceptions.
  • Priority applicants will be notified of their admission acceptance by June 21 for the upcoming Fall semester entry to the program. The Dental Assistant Program Admissions Committee will consider applications received after the priority deadline of June 1 if any of 18 admission positions remain open. Again, the earliest postmarks on complete applications will determine admission for any of these remaining openings.
Dental Assistant Program Application

The Dental Assistant Program at Great Falls College MSU has undergone an accreditation process through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA granted the dental hygiene program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting.” The next site visit will be 2023.


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