Start In Your Dental
Career in just 13 Weeks

Thinking about becoming a Hygienist? Avoid the long waitlist, two years of school, and high costs of tuition to become a Dental Hygienist. Dental assisting is the fastest way to get started. Enroll today with the #1 Dental Assistant School in Phoenix and Mesa!

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13-Week Dental Assistant Training in a Real Clinic

  • ✅ 2 Locations in Phoenix and Mesa
  • ✅ Hands-On Training with Patients
  • ✅ 100% Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
  • ✅ Flexible 1-Day/Week, Nights, or Weekends

“It has been an amazing 13 weeks! I have learned so much and am very excited to start my new career!" — Deanna Torgerson

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Rewarded By
Arizona Private School Association
Licensed By
Arizona Board of Private Post Secondary Education

Why Choose AIDA?

The American Institute of Dental Assisting (AIDA) is the highest awarded Dental assisting school in Arizona. Having received the recognition of being the only DA school ranked in the “Top Ten” in all of Arizona for Specialized Education for 2022 by “Ranking Arizona The Best of Arizona Business”

Licensed Dentists

What sets us apart from others is that you will be taught from experienced instructors and actual dentists

Real Patients

We believe the best instruction requires interaction with real patients in an actual clinic

Practical Experience

You will be comfortable moving into dental assisting after our real-world experience that you receive during your training

Where will you be in 13 Weeks?

Thinking About Becoming A Dental Hygienist? Dental Assistant School is the Best Way to Get Started
(Training with AIDA, Work Duties & Licensing)

Unlike Dental Hygienist programs, Our Dental Assistant program is designed for those seeking a cost-effective way to quickly start their dental career. AIDA provides an accelerated DA program with many financing options to make it easy to obtain industry-leading training and faster employment.

Dental Assistant

  • Affordable Tuition
  • Fast ACTUAL Hands on 13 Week Program
  • Daily Variety of Tasks
  • Classes Start Monthly
  • No Experience Before Training
  • Don’t Have to Give Patient Shots
  • Can Choose Many Different Specialties
  • No Liability Insurance Needed
  • 1 License Good Forever
  • Continuing Education Not Required
  • High Job Satisfaction

Dental Hygienist

  • High Cost Tuition/loans
  • 2-3 Years of schooling
  • Same Procedures Everyday
  • Up to 2 to 4 Year Waitlist
  • Some Dental Experience Required
  • Required to Give Patient Shots
  • General Dentistry or Periodontics Only
  • Expensive Liability Insurance Required
  • Multiple Licenses, Yearly Renewals
  • Yearly Education to Keep License

Become a Professional Dental Assistant. Enroll Today.

Get the hands-on training, clinical experience, and specialized support to start a successful dental career in just 13 weeks.

Modern Skills

We teach up-to-date digital and analog x-ray techniques. You’ll explore the latest technology — with Digital intra oral scanning and  you’ll learn dental industry special Dentrix software.

Convenient Classes

You can choose convenient day, evening, and weekend schedules to meet the needs of busy adult learners. Fast classes as little as 1 day a week.

Easy Funding For Career Training

We offer a lower cost than other programs yet with the best value. We’ll help you to explore payment options (county grants, private funding, and flexible payment plan and even AIDA exclusive scholarships).

Lifetime Support to Launch a Career

Our dedicated team of experts can help you find work in the environment that best suits you. We’ll help you forever with our lifetime job placement assistance.

Many of our graduates find employment with the dental practice where they spend their externship

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What Our Graduates Say

I really loved every part of this school. I feel like I learned so much. The clinic days were so much fun! Nothing better than hands on practice! Every teacher was so nice and helpful with anything we needed help with. I feel like I am ready for the real world.

— Chelsey Ganem

Happy I came here. Love the experience I have received here. The instructors are filled with so much knowledge. The tutoring that was available to us was very helpful. For the long run, I would tell anyone who is wanting to become a Dental Assistant, to come to AIDA. I appreciate all of you!

— Caitlin Helms

Accelerated Program. Expert Training. Faster Employment.

Get a career-focused education in just 13 weeks. Dr. Eldon Hastings, owner, personally created this unique dental assistants program to enhance learning and focus on the necessary skills to obtain employment in the dental field.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find any relevant answer, you can call us 1-480-209-1392

What sets AIDA apart from other dental assistant programs in the area?

Ours is the ONLY dental assistant program in Arizona that includes live patient clinics in our school curriculum. Also, our instructors are required to be presently working in dentistry and our school owner and director, Dr. Eldon Hastings has 40 years of dental experience.

  • True live patient clinics during class schedule
  • Lifetime job placement assistance
  • Internship placement assistance
  • Learn and train on latest technology with our digital intra oral scanners and advanced x ray systems
What certification will I receive after completing the program?

At completion of the course, you will receive a dental assisting certificate and be prepared for the DANB national test. AIDA also prepares you extensively for your national x-ray certification through actual hands on learning and teaching you in class.

What do you mean by “hands-on training”?

All students in our dental assisting program assist licensed dentists in performing live procedures on actual live patients—not on plastic dummies! By the time you graduate you will have real-life chairside experience assisting multiple dentists and patients.

How much does the program cost?

As the #1 Dental Assistant School in Phoenix and Mesa, you might expect we are the most expensive. We’re not. But we are not the cheapest program either.

Why? Because unlike the cheapest programs out there, our training includes actual patients in a real dental clinic setting, with licensed dentists. We believe and our graduate placement results show that this real-world training is highly valued by prospective employers, many of whom specifically seek out AIDA graduates.

How are we not the most expensive program then? Because we have a purpose-built training program designed to accelerate the learning process in as little as 13 weeks, unlike the most expensive programs requiring 9-10 months of your time. We don’t believe you should have to pay for longer, unnecessary training that can be accelerated, with expert training, leading to faster employment for our graduates.

Your success is our success.

And that’s why we have financing options that will fit any budget and many resources available to help pay for tuition, like exclusive scholarships and grants. We also have payment plans as low as $136 per month.

Call us today to learn about the many convenient finance options, how easy it is to enroll, and start your dental career.

What’s included in our curriculum?

You can get more information on our program page or by contacting us, but here is some of what we cover:

  • Live dental clinicals assisting licensed dentists. (Plastic dental dummies is NOT the way to learn!)
  • Infection control protocols
  • Dentrix Dental software
  • Extensive preparation for DANB x-ray certification and coronal polishing certification exams.
  • Dental anatomy & physiology
  • Working chairside with AZ licensed dentists
  • Training with latest technology-Intraoral digital scanner and handheld x-ray units
  • Much more!
Is American Institute of Dental Assisting licensed?

Yes! We are licensed by the Arizona Board of Private Post Secondary Education and recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). We are the highest awarded dental assisting school in Arizona from the Arizona Private Schools Association.

What kind of class schedules do you offer for dental assisting classes?

We offer a number of classes schedules to fit your schedule and lifestyle including morning, daytime, evening and Saturday classes. Contact us today for current class availability.

When do classes start?

We have classes starting every month, we keep our classes small so students can have a great learning experience.

How can I get more information about the dental assistant program?

We’d love to help you learn more about our program! You can get more information on our program page or by contacting us through this form or calling us at 1-480-209-1392.

Is a Rewarding Career in Dental Assisting Right for You?

Learn more about a career as a dental assistant by giving us a call. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to funding.

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