Fort Smith School of Dental Assisting

Fort Smith School of Dental Assisting is a post-secondary career school offering hands-on, skill focused, career training.

*All COVID-19 precautions are being used in our classes to ensure the safety of our students and instructors*

2021-2022 Upcoming Courses

All Fort Smith classes are on Saturdays.

WINTER 2022:

Orientation: Jan. 8th
First Day: Jan. 14th
Last day: March 18th

SPRING 2022:

Orientation: March 26th
First Day: April 1st
Last day: June 10th

SUMMER 2022:

Orientation: June 25th
First Day: July 9th
Last day: Sept 17th

FALL 2022:

Orientation: September 24th
First Day: October 1st
Last day: December 10th

Our mission is to provide practical and affordable, lifelong learning opportunities for dental health care professionals with educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, skills, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients.

The philosophy of our program is based on a belief that students can be trained in a relatively short period of time and provide students the focus on the critical skills to enter the world of professional dental assisting. Our course has been developed by our experienced team of Dentists and Dental Assistants working in the dental community every day.

Apex Dental Education offers four classes per year (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). The semesters are 10 weeks long, with testing at the end of the program. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The graduate receives a completion certificate from our program. A Registered Dental Assistant must first pass the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiner's Registered Dental Assistant Exam. Our program and study guides are designed to help you pass the exam and prepare you to be a chair-side dental assistant. Our students are assessed by the Arkansas State Board Registration Exam during their time in class and are not required to take the exam on their own at a separate testing facility.

The subjects are covered using classroom instruction and practical hands-on training with the equipment, instrumentation and materials used in state of the art practicing dental offices.

We accept approximately 10 students in each class per semester. If you are interested, we encourage you to review our curriculum and submit your completed application to start the registration process and your journey to a new exciting career!
Tuition: $3750
(Non-refundable registration fee of $100 and all course materials are included in this amount).
Following is a general outline of the order the weekly topics will be presented throughout the semester. Lab exercises will typically be related to the topics covered in the morning learning session:

Week 1 - Introduction to Dental Assisting, Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting, Anatomy and Physiology, Dental Anatomy

Week 2 - Disease Transmission, Infection Control and management of Hazardous Materials, Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation, Instrument Processing

Week 3 - Clinical Dentistry, Moisture Control, The Dental Patient, The Dental Examination

Week 4 - Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Pain and Anxiety Control, Radiation Safety and Production of X-rays, Oral Radiography

Week 5 - Preventive Care, Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants, Instruments, Handpieces, and Accessories, Restorative Materials

Week 6 - Periodontics, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics

Week 7 - CPR Certification Presentation and Exam - Restorative Procedures, Impression Materials and Laboratory Procedures, Prosthodontics

Week 8 - N2O Certification Presentation and Exam; The Job Search

Week 9 - Final Review of Chapters, Class Final Exam, Lab Final Exam

Week 10 - Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners Dental Assistant Exam (Coronal Polishing and Oral Radiography)

Meet The Team

Rachael Linebarier, RDA
A native Arkansan, Rachael has experienced several home towns such as Indianapolis, Fort Smith, and eventually back to Little Rock. Rachael gained years of experience in a dental office before becoming a dental assistant. She began her dental assisting career in the office of Dr. Beavers before becoming an oral surgery assistant. Since 2012 Rachael has been the Director of Little Rock School of Dental Assisting and Texarkana School of Dental Assisting and remains involved in Shepherd’s Hope and Arkansas Mission of Mercy.
Jason Smith, DDS
Licensing Dentist
Dr. Smith received his dental degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. He is originally from Fordyce, Arkansas and earned his bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR.

Dr. Smith enjoys golf and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Stephanie, are happy to make Bentonville their home and are grateful in serving Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding communities.

Fort Smith Office Information


   7801 Phoenix Ave.
      Ft. Smith, AR 72903