Top-Rated Dental Assisting School

The Best Dental Assisting and Dental Front Desk Program in Washington and Oregon!

Online Programs Available

Top-Rated, Trusted, and Lowest Tuitions


Top-Rated Dental Programs

In-Person Dental Assisting Program

Dental assisting is a rapidly growing career field. Secure your future and begin a rewarding career as a dental assistant working alongside local dentists.

Online Dental Assisting Program

Our trusted online dental assisting program prepares you to enter the dental profession with confidence and the ability you need to make a real difference!

In-Person Dental Front Desk Program

Are you looking to become a well-trained dental front desk team member? Or expanding your existing skills from a dental assistant who can also perform dental front desk tasks? We have been successfully training Dental Assistants since 2016, and now we are here to help you get the training you need to further your dental career.

Online Dental Front Desk Program

We now offer an online dental front desk program option! With the flexibility of online learning combined with Sunday class options, you can expand your skill sets without interfering with your busy lifestyle. Learn how to become the go-to team member for your dentist and further advance your career!

Upcoming Sessions

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July 24th, 2024
July 28th, 2024

October 9th, 2024
October 20th, 2024

Weekday or Weekend Classes

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

About Our School

Our Mission

Providing quality and affordable education has always been our school’s mission! Our school has not increased our tuition since 2020 and we recently made our tuition more affordable by introducing tier pricing and online programs! With these new changes, we are able to cut down costs so that our students can start a new career without taking a substantial financial burden. With a success rate of 95% and the lowest tuition you can find in our area, we are ready to help you achieve your dental career dream!

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Our School Faculty

Dr. Herma Ranola

Director of Student Success • Dentist

Dr. Ranola started Vancouver Dental Assisting School to share her knowledge and expertise with students who want to pursue a career in dentistry. Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Ranola began her journey as a registered dental assistant. Because of that, she understands just how important it is to have high-quality dental assistants. 

Dr. Ranola is knowledgeable, patient, and passionate about continued education, both personally and professionally. She particularly enjoys mentoring students who do not thrive in a traditional school setting or struggle with confidence. She looks forward to meeting every new student and helping them achieve a fulfilling dental career as she has.

Jasmine Schuetze

Director of Education • Lead Instructor

Jasmine has been a practicing dental assistant for over 15 years. She has assisted with many types of procedures, including oral surgery, crowns, root canals, and orthodontics. When she is not leading our students into their future careers, she is the Team Leader at Ranieu Family Dental. She has held a current RDA for Washington state as well as RHS and Oregon radiology certificate and is currently working toward getting her EFDA. Jasmine balances her work and life by enjoying family time with her daughter, Kalisi. Together, they enjoy all the local hiking trails and are avid campers.

Liz Rodriguez


Liz has been a dental assistant for over two years and genuinely enjoys the role. The dental field has always appealed to her due to the inviting atmosphere. Helping Spanish-speaking patients effectively communicate their needs to dental providers brings her immense satisfaction.
I've gained experience assisting in diverse procedures like root canals, crowns, and her favorite one of all - extractions.

Now, as a dental assistant instructor, She is passionate about encouraging others to join this fulfilling field. Beyond her role as a clinical leader, She finds joy in staying active at the gym, dancing, and cherishing moments with her friends and family.

Fernando Tino Coj


Fernando has been an experienced and hands-on dental assistant in Vancouver, Washington for over 4 years. When he is not teaching and sharing his knowledge/skills with our VDAS students, he enjoys the rewarding dental assisting career he's chosen and helping his patients with their oral health. Fernando excels in assisting in a variety of complex dental procedures such as root canals, extraction, implants, etc.
Outside of work and teaching, he enjoys time with his wife and family, playing guitar, and running.

Nikki Hernandez


With over 3 years of hands-on dental assisting experience, Nikki has established herself as a seasoned dental assistant. Having been a resident of Vancouver, Washington for 26 years, she has deep roots in the local community. Nikki enjoys immense fulfillment from her dental assistant role and has thrived as an instructor, where she can share her valuable knowledge from real-world experience.

When she's not educating VDAS students, Nikki leads Ranieu Family Dental's registered dental assistants. Beyond her professional commitments, she appreciates spending quality time with her husband and two children.

Why Choose Us

The best dental assisting program in Vancouver, WA!

Small Class Size

Get the attention you deserve with a maximum of 12 students per class! We say small class size and we MEAN it!

Affordable In-house Payment Plan

In addition to the typical financial aid available at other schools, VDAS offers in-house payment plans starting as low as $250 a month!

Job Offers from Reputable Local Dental Offices

We have a network of dental offices that can’t wait to hire our graduates. We often get calls from dentists asking for students daily.


What Dentists Say About Our Students

Vancouver Dental Assisting has been great. They were very fast and responsive placing a student in my office. Their communication was great and efficient.
I recommend choosing them.

Dr. Judy Fu

Daybreak Dental, Battle Ground, WA

Thank you to Vancouver Dental Assisting School for putting out such top notch dental assistants. We’ve hire a couple of here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists and we are extremely happy. They are well trained and have professional altitudes.

Dr. Irwin

Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, Vancouver, WA

I have been working with Isaiah for about 10 months. He is a dedicated employee at Vancouver Emergency Tooth Doctor. Isaiah is the first assistant to show up to work eager to help and is the last assistant to leave the office. He is extremely dedicated and therefore has been given two raises since he started. I am grateful for all the hard work that Isaiah has been doing at ETD. Thank you VDAS for training Isaiah.

Dr. Ridder

Emergency Tooth Doctor, Vancouver, WA


Frequently Asked

What is the advantage of a 10 week course vs. a 12 month course?

You will pay thousands of dollars more for a year-long program sitting in classroom lectures. With our intense and comprehensive curriculum, you will receive hands-on training from day one. Our instructors know what is important for you to learn. They will help you receive an education and proper training in a working dental office, so you can find a job and start earning an income faster! Vancouver Dental Assisting School offers a short-term, effective, and affordable alternative to a long-term program.

Is Vancouver Dental Assisting School registered with the state?
Absolutely, YES. We are registered within the State of Washington. The Vancouver Dental Assisting School is a postsecondary educational institution, certified and licensed by the State of Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Our license certifies that our school complies with the requirements of the Private Vocational School Act, chapter 28C.10 RCW (Revised code of Washington “Private Vocational Schools Act”) and WAC 490-105.
Will I be working with a dentist?
Yes! You will be working alongside Dr. Herma Ranola. What is important to know about Dr. Ranola is her love of teaching. She is fun and outgoing and very approachable, which creates the ideal environment for learning. Dr. Ranola values continuing education and keeps up on the latest dental technology. She and her team members attend numerous dental conferences throughout the United States.

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What Our Students Say

I graduated from Vancouver Dental Assisting School in March 2019. i got a job immediately. I’m now the lead assistant at my office. The 10 week program allowed me to get in the dental field quickly. The best part was the hands-on training. The instructor, Jasmine, was great she explains everything. Thank you VDAS.

Fernando Tino Coj

Registered Dental Assistant, Vancouver, WA

Been to school for dental assistant before, but nothing compares to hands on. I recommend this school. The help I received was great. The Doctors are amazing and very helpful. Everyone is so willing to help you succeed. Thank you VDAS for helping me build confidence and teaching me so much.

Amy Gonzalez

Registered Dental Assistant, Vancouver, WA

I had 2 amazing knowledgeable teachers who taught us everything that we needed to know about being a dental assistant in only 10 weeks! We also had the opportunity to shadow and work with Dr. Ranola which was a great experience! They also helped us find an externship and a job! I recommend this program to anybody who wants to start a career in dentistry. 

Samya Abweh

Registered DA

Great place for learning dental assisting. They go the extra mile to teach you everything you need to know. Jasmine and Dr.Ranola are very patient with us. They both gave us real life advice and tips for working in the dental field. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in dental assisting program.

Kristine Dela Cruz

Registered Dental Assistant, Vancouver, WA

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