Avant School of Dental Assisting will provide students every opportunity to fill their minds with principles that will drive them to success when properly applied. The course offers tools students need to succeed in dental assisting. We hope this program will equip students with the desire and drive to use those tools to reach their dreams!


Derek M.K. Chan, DMD
Graduate of Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio 2008
Josephine A. Yip, DMD
Graduate of Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio 2010


Melissa Giddens, RDA



Avant School of Dental Assisting, LLC began by the visions of the owners in 2017. Drs Chan and Yip experiences in working with dental assistants in the past 11 years have allowed them to develop specific, clinically focused, program to allow students a faster and easier transition in their dental career. Our school is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Our 2645 sqf training facility is located in a commercial plaza that functions also as a private dental office to better provide a real-world atmosphere for the students. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and 5 fully functional operatories and sterilization area to which students will have exposure in.


This 232 hour course offers instruction in all requirements for a basic understanding of dentistry and proficiency of the fundamental tasks delegated to the dental assistant by a licensed dentist in the state of Texas. The course runs approximately 16 weeks and is held one 8 hour day per week. Students participate in a mix of lecture and hands-on training in a dental clinic/dental office using the materials and methods they learn in lecture. There will be 48 hours of lecture and 64 hours doing hands-on lab training, as well as 120 hours of externship hours, for a total of 232 contact hours. Students will learn to:

sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment

prepare and lay out instruments and materials required to treat each patient

obtain patient’s dental records

make patients comfortable and prepare them for treatment

work alongside the dentist to provide treatment assistance

use suction to keep patients’ mouths dry and clear

instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care

prepare materials for impressions and restorative procedures

take dental x-rays, and process x-ray film as directed by a dentist

apply topical anesthetics to gums

apply cavity-preventive agents to teeth

remove excess cements and adhesives

remove sutures

make temporary crowns

make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions

clean and polish removable appliances

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm one day per week (Saturday) with lunch break from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Upon completion of this course students are given a certificate to document completion of the fundamentals course.


In order to enter this dental assisting program, students must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or GED.
Prospective students will not be denied admission on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or veteran status (except where age, sex, or handicap constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.)


An applicant’s prior education, training or experience will be reviewed, and the Director will determine if any credit will be awarded.