Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee: $100 (non-refundable 3 business days after commencement of class)
Installment 1: $950
(1st day of class)
Installment 2: $995
(10th day of class)
Installment 3: $1,250
(18th day of class)
TOTAL TUITION: $3,295
Each semester is 12 weeks in length, for a total of 12 hours per week. Our class schedule is:
In addition to 144 hours of instruction, a 32 hour externship in a working dental office is required for a total of 176 hours. After completion of instruction and the externship, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting as well as the RDA from the Texas Dental Association.
- Saturdays, 9am to 6pm; and
- Thursday evenings from 6pm to 10pm
Orientation to Dentistry, Dental Anatomy and Charting, Patient Exam and the Dental
This unit will provide students with information concerning the roles of dentists, registered dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. Information is also given on the major areas of the dental office and most important pieces of equipment will be explored. Students will learn how to identify primary and permanent teeth, as well as surfaces, parts of teeth and tissue.
Transfer and Moisture Control, Disinfection, Treatment Room Care
Students will learn how to wipe down a treatment room, perform mouth rinses, place and remove cotton rolls, and instrument transfer.
Radiography Safety and Techniques
In this unit, student will be introduced to techniques of safely taking x-rays and developing them. Students will practice these techniques during the remainder of the semester.
Cements, Restorative Instruments, Impressions
Students will learn to identify major hand instruments, burs and handpieces, and learn instrumentation for different dental procedures. Cements and their manipulation will be introduced.
Amalgam and composite fillings will be explored, as well as temporary crown and filling restoration.
Students will learn how to assist during oral surgery, root canals, scaling and root planing and the insertion of dentures. Students will also learn how to remove sutures.
8 hours of observation and some practice in a dental office with real patients comprises this portion of the training. Optional: Students can do an internship of up to 32 hours with a dental office in the area.
RDA Course and Exam
Students attending the Texas locations will take the Registered Dental Assisting course offered through the Texas Dental Association at our school location. The one-day class is taught by a licensed dentist and the exam immediately follows.
32 Hour externship which includes observation and practice on real patients in a working dental office.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required. NSDA does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, nationality, or religion. Must be able to perform the job of dental assisting. Due to the "fast track" nature of the program, late enrollment is not permitted.
About The School
The school is owned by the Texas Center for Continuing Dental Education, LLC.
The National School of Dental Assisting has many years of experience in dental assisting education nationwide. With the NSDA, you will benefit from a well organized curriculum, and instruction in a state-of-the art facility located in a large dental practice. Our instructors are experienced dental assistants who have been working in the dental industry for many years.
9125 West Road
Houston, TX 77064
Click here for directions to our campus.
Financial Assistance: If you need financial assistance, there are a few options.
Enhance Patient Financing This is a lending company that provides personal loans for health care procedures, but has agreed to provide loans to our students whose credit rating qualifies.
Allow at least 2 days for someone to get back to you.
- Choose patient, then apply for financing by clicking link at bottom of page.
- Under procedure, choose "other"
- Fill out rest of application. Be sure to enter "National School of Dental Assisting - Houston" when asked for the Doctor's name.
LendingTree.com This is a personal loan based on your credit rating and the amount you want to borrow, if you have a co-signer and other terms.