The Best Dental Assisting School in Washington and Oregon!

Scholarship Updates

We are trying to help the world be a little brighter ☀️

With worldwide shutdowns happening and the recent loss of many jobs, we are trying to encourage as many people as we can to take this time to brighten their future.

We want to ensure you of the safety of attending class even during this time. Students are always provided with proper safety equipment and if necessary, we will implement virtual lectures so that students can learn from their homes.

We are offering scholarships to help students jumpstart their dental careers with our 10-week accelerated dental assisting program. Dental Providers are needed now more than ever. If you have a passion for helping others, now is the time to invest in the career you have always wanted.

Current Scholarship offers are:
-$1000 towards students who signed up for upcoming classes by March thru April
-$700 towards students who sign up for upcoming classes by May thru June
-$500 towards students who sign up for upcoming classes by July thru August

Dental Assisting Program Outline

Our dental assisting program includes courses on the following subjects, with both classroom and clinical training:

Course #1: Introduction to Dentistry and Dental 

Course #2: Basic Dental Assisting Theory – Part 1 

Course #3: Basic Dental Assisting Theory – Part 2 

Course #4: Assisting for Operative Dentistry 

Course #5: Radiology – Part 1 

Course #6: Radiology – Part 2 

Course #7: Assisting for Prosthodontics 

Course #8: Dental Specialties 

Course #9: Cosmetic Dentistry – Introduction to Administrative Techniques 

Course #10: Administrative Techniques (cont.), Interview Techniques, CPR Certification, and Graduation 

Necessary AIDs/HIV training and CPR will be included in the Course work. 

View Our School Catalog



What Our Students Are Saying

“VDAS has been the best experience for me. I was working in two restaurants in downtown Vancouver, but I wanted to do something different with my life. I went in to see how VDAS works and Dr. Ranola was there and gave me the confidence that I needed. Jasmine is the BEST teacher I ever have had. She’s always there for you if you don’t understand anything, and she would do whatever she could to make sure you understand. Dr. Ranola always makes you feel positive and she’s always there for you during your education. BEST. DENTIST. EVER. I definitely recommend this program. It changed my life in a completely different way.”

– Fernando

“I am currently enrolled and have 3 weeks left! This has been nothing but a positive experience for me and I have loved my instructors. Not only are they really hands-on in lecture and clinical, making sure we understand everything being taught, but they also have helped set up our externships with other dental offices outside of class, where we get to shadow dentists and their assistants to get that extra experience and training. If you want to become a dental assistant, I would highly recommend this school!”

– Kyli

“I am so happy that I was able to attend VDAS! I had two amazing knowledgable teachers who taught us everything that we needed to know about dental assisting in only 10 weeks! We also had the opportunity to shadow and work with Dr. Ranola, which was a great experience! I recommend this program to anybody who wants to start a career in dentistry.”

– Samyra A.

Why We Are Unique

Dental assisting is a rapidly growing career field. Secure your future and begin a rewarding career as a dental assistant working alongside dentists and for the patients. Our program prepares you to enter the dental profession with confidence and the ability to make a difference! We certify students from Vancouver and the Portland metro area. Our farthest Alumni students were from Winlock, WA and Dallas, OR.

Hands-on training

Small class size

one-on-one attention

Financial Assistance

Direct feedback from instructors & dentists

Resume & interview preparation

About Our Faculty

Jasmine Schuetze


Jasmine has been a practicing dental assistant for over 12 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.

Brittney Neblock


Brittney has been in the dental field for the past 5 years. She has always had a passion for dentistry ever since she was little. She attended Clark College where she finished all her prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene Program. While waiting to get into the program, she attended Dental Assisting School to start her career in the dental field as soon as possible.

Right after completing the program, she went to work as an orthodontic assistant. The doctor she worked with trusted her to train new employees and that’s where she fell in love with teaching. She balances her work and life with family time with her two children, Madison and Jordan.

What Local Dentists Are Saying

 Mr. Isaiah D. graduated from Vancouver Dental Assisting school. 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 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

How to Register for Our Dental Assisting Program Online

Your dreams of working in dentistry have never been closer. Simply follow these three steps to register for our next open class and you’ll be on your way to a more promising future.

Call For Inquiry


We have carefully prepared an enrollment agreement and school catalog covering all necessary items you need to make a well-educated decision. Please review them carefully and contact us if you have any questions.


After reviewing the documents, you’re now ready to enroll and take the first step towards a rewarding new career. Simply use our online portal to pay a one-time $150 registration fee to reserve your spot in the class.



Next, call or email us to set up an in-person interview where our faculty will provide a tour of our facility and guide you through the entire application process, including presenting options to apply for financial assistance. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the enrollment agreement and school catalog with you on the day of the interview.



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 solution to what can be a long-term program.


Is your 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.


I have no dental experience, what if I find the program too hard?

We want you to succeed! Our instructors are available to help you with any difficulties you might have. We will take the time necessary until you understand the concepts to be a valuable dental assistant. We will make ourselves available to you during classroom hours or after hours.


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.


What happens when I complete the course?

You will receive a certificate of completion as well as a radiology certificate and will be ready to start applying for dental assisting jobs! We help you prepare for the resume and interviewing process and will share first-hand knowledge of what dentists and office managers are looking for in a great assistant. While we do not guarantee employment, we will pass along employment opportunities to our graduates.

Contact Us

Open Hours

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday–Sunday: Closed