Winter Dental Assistants' Seminar: Today's Dental Assistant—Leader, Doer, Trendsetter

Winter Dental Assistants' Seminar

Friday, November 9, 2018

From providing care to patients to ensuring safety within the clinic, today’s dental assistant is constantly on the run. You have the power to establish yourself as a leader not only within your clinic, but in the field of dentistry. Take one day to examine the world of opportunities that will make you a stellar dental assistant, while establishing goals for career-long success.

Join our energetic and knowledgeable presenter, Tija Hunter, for a unique event focused on you and your career, while she provides some new tricks of the trade. Created by and for dental assisting professionals, this course is your opportunity to take stock of where you are today and where you hope your career will be ten years from now.   

Learn How To

  • Build value in yourself and your career
  • Understand how to create relationships that will grow your practice
  • Discuss how we present ourselves to the greater community and those around us
  • Discuss exactly what clean water is and who regulates it
  • Explain the bacterial count of our water and how it impacts our patients, office, and team
  • Discuss updated methods to clean and shock our lines
  • Learn how to keep our water safe
  • Discuss our pet peeves: we all have them
  • Recognize frustration in ourselves and what our trigger points are
  • Practice techniques to de-stress and not allow a situation to escalate
  • Learn to let go
  • Establish your goals
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Discuss obstacles in your path and ways to move around them

Training Methods

Presentations, discussion

Meet Our Expert

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, FADAA, has more than 36 years of dental chairside experience. She is the office manager and chairside assistant to Dr. Eric Hurtte, O’Fallon, Missouri. Named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report Magazine, she is the former vice president of the American Dental Assistants’ Association, where she holds the honor of Master. Tija is an editorial board member and content expert for Dental Products Report Magazine, Dental Products Report, Dental Assisting Digest, Dental Economics Magazines, IgniteDA, and Modern Dental Assisting. Ms. Hunter also serves as the director of the multi-location Dental Careers Institute and lead author for six of the Institute’s continuing education programs.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM. 
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


List of hotels near campus.


$155 dental assistant


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
3 fundamental
1.5 core (Infection Control)
1.5 core (Patient Communication)

Special Course Benefit
You will complete your core competency requirements for Minnesota relicensure since this continuing education course includes core credit in two subject areas.


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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