Frequently Asked Questions for WIOA Program Research

Altrain Medical & Dental Assisting Academy has been training excellent Dental Assistants since November of 2005.
Classes typically begin every month and rotate between morning, afternoon and evening. Please review the class schedule here: for the next available start date.

Enrollment is done on a first come first serve basis and open until full.  The morning class typically runs a waiting list and it is recommended to register about 6 weeks in advance.  The afternoon and evening classes usually have availability and are open for enrollment until the first day of class.

Program Entry Requirements:

  1. A high School Diploma, GED or ability to pass an entrance exam
  2. Desire to become a Dental Assistant
  3. Satisfactory arrangements for payment of tuition
  4. Personal interview

The program is 13 weeks long.  That’s right, you could start the career of your dreams in just 13 short weeks!  The program includes 153 clock hours.  Externships are optional and not required.  If you chose to complete an externship, there is no additional charge, but it will extend the program a minimum of 100 hours.

The total cost of the tuition is $6,200.00. Tuition includes all books, materials, uniform, job placement assistance, CPR certification, exam fees for x-ray certification, exam fees for coronal polish certification and Dentrix software training. Altrain Medical & Dental Assisting Academy is proud to offer up to a $1,200 scholorship for WIOA and grant funded students.

All classes run four days a week (Monday – Thursday) for three hours a day.  Our morning classes are from 9am -12pm, the afternoon classes are from 2pm – 5pm and the evening classes are from 6pm – 9pm for 13 weeks.

At Altrain Medical & Dental Assisting Academy, all of the books, materials, uniforms, exam fees for both x-ray certification and coronal polish certification, American Heart Association CPR certification, job placement assistance, and Dentrix software training are included in the tuition.  There are no additional fees.  All you need is a notebook and a writing utensil.

Altrain Medical & Dental Assisting Academy is not Pell Grant eligible.

Completion requirements are grades of C’s or better and tuition paid in full.

Upon completion of the Dental Assisting program you will receive a Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting.  You will also be CPR Certified through the American Heart Association and Dentrix Software trained.  Upon passing the state exams, you will be X-ray and Coronal Polish Certified in the State of Arizona.

Graduates of Altrain Medical & Dental Assisting Academy are typically employed after graduation as Dental Assistants by private and corporate dental offices in the valley.  Additional employment opportunities that require no additional education include: treatment coordinators, x-ray techs, dental insurance/claims processors, dental sales reps and instructors.

The average starting wages for our graduates is $15 – $16 per hour.

Job placement services include: a customized resume and cover letter, on the job training (optional internship/externship opportunities), interview tips and techniques plus mock interviews, professional head shots, and direct placement job leads.

The 2017 – 2018 Rate is 85%. Our 2018-2019 projection job placement rate is over 90%.

Thorough preparation and fees for the Radiation Health and Safety Exam (RHS/X-ray Certification), thorough preparation and fees for the Coronal Polish Exam, and Dentrix Software Training (Front and Back Office)

If you would like to request a Training Proposal for one of our upcoming classes, please contact Tiffany Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions at 602.595.7289 or at with the following information:

  • Your Name and Phone Number
  • Counselors Name
  • Counselors Email Address
  • Class Start Date
  • Grant Funding Amount

what our students are saying…

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If you want a great hands on, small class size, educators willing to help you succeed and know your name you have the right place. Look no further!! I walked into Altrain only because I heard the ad on the radio. Instantly, I felt like this was the place to get my career path on the right track. My first person I ran into sat down and told me everything I would need to do to start school all the way to the end and how they would help place me for a job.


I highly recommend Altrain dental assisting academy, it is a great school and only a short 13 weeks. I took night classes and loved the amount of time that we actually got practice everything hands on. Everyone at the school is very nice and helpful.


I absolutely love Altrain! I’m confident the instructors and small class sizes will make for an easy 13 weeks! The hands on learning really helps things stick in my memory. I’m so excited to see where my future will go after graduation. Thanks Altrain!


I’ve been currently attending Altrain dental school and I love it! Everything about it is absolutely perfect! The teachers, the class size and all the hands on learning we do. I couldn’t be more happy that I choose to go to Altrain.


This school is awesome, the instructors and staff are so nice and caring and really do everything they can to make this possible. Class was fun and hands on and you learn so much in a short period of time!


Great school! They have the best instructor and staff. The classes are small, it’s hands on, and it’s only 13 weeks.

Great instructors and a great hands on program! Highly recommend going to Altrain!
If you are lost on what to do for your career or what school to attend, I 100% recommend you choose Altrain! The staff is amazing & teach you everything you need to know in order to be successful in this job field. I already had 3 job offers only a week after graduation! They are amazing!
I had visited and toured a couple other dental assistant schools besides Altrain and none of them compared to Altrain. The facility is definitely made to look like a dental office 100% and with a lot of space to work. If you want somewhere reliable and with friendly staff this is the place for you. In 13 weeks you will get the right amount of information to be successful in your dental field career! Totally recommended!
I too did a lot of research on Dental Assisting schools before I chose Altrain. For starters they were the ONLY school that actually offers everything that you need to be successful in your career. X-ray, Coronal Polish, CPR and Dentrix (front office too)! They have more than double the amount of days and hours of all the other short programs. That’s why everyone passes the state exams. The other schools say they do it too but there is no way they can find the time in 1 or 2 days a week. The school is so clean and looks just like a dental office. And when Altrain says the offer job placement, they mean it!!! My resume and cover letter are fantastic! Tannis sent me on 4 job leads before graduation and I had a job a week after I finished the program! When it comes to Dental Assisting this is the ONLY school to even consider!!!!

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