A little bit about us

NWASDA is a fully licensed dental assistant school

The job opportunities for trained dental assistants are numerous in today’s marketplace with excellent starting salaries. Our student’s have reported back that they have started from $14 to $17 an hour. While no one can guarantee job placement, the dental profession is currently facing a shortage of trained dental assistants. Following your training at NWASDA you will have the confidence and the skills necessary to apply for these positions. We give you the training to hit the ground running with the best chance at success! We really do strive to have a very professional, but fun and educational training environment and our previous student’s success proves it.

We offer our 10 week course three times a year; spring, fall and winter. Our hours are from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., with a half-hour lunch break and two 10-minute breaks. The following subjects are covered in depth from both a didactic and a practical clinical experience. The morning lecture is followed by an afternoon of clinical “hands-on” training in dental procedures, operation of equipment, instrumentation and materials used. Upon graduation you will be a registered Dental Assistant in the state of Arkansas!
Our Dental Assistant course is designed to give the student maximum “hands-on” training and experience in an actual dental office with an additional large classroom using mannequins, each other (for live feedback) and real patients. The teaching is stimulating, fast-paced, and relies heavily on individual participation. There will be an instructor per group of 8 students. This insures personal attention and a worthwhile learning experience. A syllabus containing notes on lecture material as well as an excellent textbook and handouts are provided so as to heighten the classroom experience and eliminate the fatigue of a lot of note taking.
A career of helping people improve their dental health will be rewarding and enormously satisfying for you. No two days will ever be the same and your job will renew itself. It is a career that will always be in demand and in need of capable, trained and caring Dental Assistants. Becoming a Dental Assistant can be the first step on a career path leading to a Dental Hygienist or a Dentist!

Ann Nguyen, RDH/RDA – Director

Ann is an Arkansas native, born in Fort Smith. She moved to Little Rock in 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2005.
Ann has been a registered dental hygienist with Aebersold Family Dentistry since 2006. She strives to serve patients by promoting health and wellness through the provision of dental hygiene care.

For years, Ann has also been a dental assisting instructor and has developed a passion for teaching new assistants everything they need to know to be successful in the dental field. This is why in 2018 she decided to become the director of  NWASDA to cater to the needs of students in Northwest Arkansas.

Ann’s interests include traveling, keeping active at the gym and hanging out with her family.


DR. Kendall Roberts – Licensing Dentist

After graduating from dental school in 1987, Dr. Roberts immediately went into private practice in Fort Smith, Ark. He began his career  practicing general dentistry for adults and children but quickly expanded into  orthodontics , then to  restorative and  cosmetic  care.

It wasn’t long before he was hooked on giving people a beautiful smile. In nearly 30 years of practice, he has completed more than 4,000 smile makeovers.

Dr. Roberts has also served as an international educator, speaker and trainer for Arrowhead Dental Laboratory where he trained fellow dentists and their team members throughout the US and Europe on dental techniques and practice management.