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Trusted, Top-Rated Dental School in Vancouver, Washington!

Online Programs Available

Top-Rated, Trusted, and Reputable


About Our School

Vancouver Dental Assisting School (VDAS) is a private school providing a program of study which will enable a student with little or no experience to enjoy a new career in dental assisting in just ten weeks. The eighty-hour program combines classroom instruction with clinical training in an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art dental office. VDAS is proud to offer as part of its program training in advanced digital radiography, as well as instruction in a variety of topics in Cosmetic  Dentistry. This will prepare the student for opportunities in quality-oriented modern dental practices.

Our School Facility 

Our school, which is located in Vancouver, WA, is able to accommodate up to 15 students for in-person programs. Housed in a fully operating modern dental office, instructors are able to teach students in one of five patient treatment rooms equipped with all necessary instrumentation so as to provide the student with a complete learning experience. Lecture sessions will be held in the upper floor classroom, which can comfortably accommodate up to 15 students. There is parking available in a well-lit parking lot. The facility is located in close proximity to public transit. This is an ADA-accessible facility with handicapped-accessible lavatories, and any reasonable accommodation will be provided at the request of the student. 


Reputable school

A certified and licensed postsecondary educational institution.


Top-Notch Faculty 

Our top-rated, experienced Instructors are a call or email away.

Online or In-Person

Freedom to choose

The only school that offers both online and in-person programs in OR and WA.


Flexible Class Formats 

We offer many interactive and flexible class tools that maximize learning simulations.

Have specific questions about our school?

Our faculty is here to answer any questions regarding our programs, scholarship, financial assistance, in-house payment plans, and more! 

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 online 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.


General School Policies

Dress Code:

Students are expected to follow the prescribed dress code. This includes a scrub-type uniform and clean white sneakers or white uniform shoes. Alternatives to scrubs are a generally accepted Business Casual Dress Code.

Behavior Policy:

Class cuts – Class cuts are not permitted and shall be recorded as an absence. Tardiness; Any student not physically present at the start of the scheduled class period will be considered tardy, and the time out of class will be recorded.

Student Conduct

Since students are being prepared for a work environment, they are expected to dress and conduct themselves in a responsible manner, conforming with generally accepted standards of employment. The student is also expected to abide by all of the school’s policies in the Student Enrollment Agreement. Violation of school policy may result in termination, suspension, or other appropriate action. In the event of termination, a refund will be given in accordance with the refund policy set forth in the Student Enrollment Agreement.
Smoke-free School; VDAS is a smoke-free facility. No smoking will be permitted on the VDAS premises.

Appeal of Determination

Students may appeal a determination by submitting a letter to the
school director. The appeal must be based on the existence of extenuating circumstances.
Extenuating circumstances may include but are not limited to, severe medical problems and an extended period of illness.

Term Scheduling / Term Sequence

The sequence in which a student progresses through the program is determined by the school administrator and may not coincide with the sequence listed in the catalog.



Academic Policies

  1. Attendance is imperative; if a student must miss a course, they must contact the school. It will be the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to review the course material missed during normal office hours*. The student will then take a written quiz and receive a clinical evaluation. If the student receives a passing grade in accordance with the grading policy, the student is given credit for passing that course. No charge will be made for make-up classes during these times.
  2. Exams – There will be a mid-term and final written exam, as well as weekly quizzes and clinical evaluations.
  3. Students must achieve a 75% or above on each course to receive a diploma. ▪ Please refer to the application/enrollment agreement for additional school policies. *Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday- Friday, by appointment only

Conditions for Dismissal

Students may be dismissed from the school for the following reasons: Not adhering to the school’s rules, regulations, policies, and code of conduct.
1. Missing more than 20 percent of instruction time
2. Not maintaining the minimum grade point average
3. Not meeting financial responsibilities to the school
The school director will notify the student in writing should it become necessary to dismiss the student. The dismissal letter will contain the date and the reason for dismissal. It is the responsibility of the dismissed student to notify the appropriate lending institution if the student has a student loan or is receiving financial aid. Prepaid tuition will be refunded according to the school’s refund policy.

Re-entry Policy

Students dismissed from the school who request re-entry must put the request in writing to the school director. In cases where the student was dismissed for excessive absences (greater than 20 percent) or financial concerns, it may be possible to re-enter within the same school term. In cases where the student was dismissed due to failure to maintain the minimum grade point average, it may be possible for the student to receive private tutoring and then reenter the school. In cases where the student was dismissed due to unacceptable conduct, the student may have to meet with the director before re-entering the school. The decision of the director is final, and the student will receive a letter within five business days stating the decision.

General School FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of educational credentials will I receive upon graduation?
Following successful completion of all academic and tuition requirements and receipt of a passing grade in all ten courses, each student will be awarded a diploma for the program and a letter of recommendation from VDAS. Students will receive assistance and guidance in filing and submitting applications for state board certification or registration but are responsible for the application and testing fees as well as the submission of applications.
How do you handle student records at your school?
Student records will be maintained by the school for 50 years or until the school closes. If the school closes, records may be forwarded to the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Upon graduation, each student will be given a copy of his or her transcript. These records should be maintained indefinitely by the student. Students may request copies by writing the school. Student records are available for review by the student at any time.
What conduct is considered unacceptable and will not be tolerated at VDAS?
1. All forms of bias, including race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, national origin, veteran status, and creed, as demonstrated through verbal and/or written communication and/or physical acts.
2. Sexual harassment includes creating a hostile environment and coercing an individual to perform sexual favors in return for something.
3. All types of proven dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forgery, and alteration or use of institution documents with intent to defraud.
4. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, public meetings, and programs, or other school activities.
5. Theft or damage to the school premises or damage to the property of a member of the school community on the school premises.
6. Student acts of criminal behavior that place any person in imminent danger are prohibited on all school grounds.
7. Violation of the law on school premises. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances.
8. Violation of published school policies.
What happens if I have a compliant or need to appeal a decision made by the school?
Nothing in this policy prevents the student from contacting the Workforce Board (the state licensing agency) at 360-709-4600 at any time with a concern or a complaint. Students who have a complaint or who would like to appeal a dismissal must request in writing an appointment for an interview with the school director. The written request should include the following information:
1. Student’s full name and current address
2. A statement of the concern, including dates, times, instructors, and, if applicable, other students involved
3. Date of complaint letter and signature of the student
4. Three dates on which the student would be available for a meeting with the school director. These dates should be within 10 business days of the complaint.
The school director will notify the student in writing of the appointment date on which the concerns or appeal will be addressed. Every effort will be made to bring an amicable closure to the concern. Should it be necessary, a panel of instructors will hear the concerns and will be asked to assist in bringing a resolution to concerns and/or appeals. The student will be notified in writing within five business days of the outcome of the meetings. Should the contract be canceled by either the student or the school, the last date of attendance will be used as the date to calculate any refund in accordance with the school’s refund policy.
To ensure proper explanation and documentation of these rules, regulations, policies, and codes of conduct, students will receive a copy of the student catalog during enrollment.

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