Our Learning Facility

The Matrix School of Dental Assisting is set up just like a dental office with all the tools and equipment found in a dental practice.  read more

Why Choose Matrix?

The Matrix School of Dental Assisting was founded to offer New Mexico job seekers an affordable training option within a manageble timeframe. The concept works so well that  read more

DANB Test Preparation

  • DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam Preparation - The first most important credential that you need to become employed  ​read more


Founded in 2011

Matrix Dental Llc Dba Matrix School of Dental Assisting Dental Assistant Certification

Flexible payment plans,  Evening Classes Tuesday and Thursday 

You can become a Dental Assistant Faster and Easier than you realize!  Our summer class is forming now, come be a part of it!

Our Director

We have exciting news, MATRIX is moving! Stay tuned for more details!


         Cherri D. Smith CDA,  Director/Owner/Chief Instructor

Cherri Smith is a working Certified Dental Assistant with over 20 years of experience. She received her Dental Assistant' Certificate from the Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque in 1995. She has since worked for several Dentists specializing in disciplines including general, pediatric, endodontic dentistry, and a dentist who developed his own line of dental implants. She most recently works managing a dental restorative department during military preparedness events. 

4200 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111


Why be a Dental Assistant? 

Would you like a career with job security, good pay and professional work environment?
If you said, "YES" then a career, as a Dental Assistant may be right for you. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow 18%, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.

Currently there are more openings available than there are Dental Assistants to go around!
The demand is there - why not take advantage of this opportunity?

5 great reasons to be a Dental Assistant

1. Your job as a dental assistant is recession proof.
2. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median assistants salary for 2016 was

  $17.76 per hour. That's $36,940 per year!
3. Your job may come with benefits such as paid vacation, and sick leave, medical insurance and hospitalization, reimbursement for continuing education course fees, pension plans, (401K) and profit sharing or bonus plans.
4. You'll work in a professional environment assisting with dental procedures, lab work and office duties.
5. You can find employment anywhere in the United States - Dental Assisting is a transportable career.

The fastest path to a job as a Dental Assistant

We can train you in 13 weeks with 78 hours of lecture and lab. (Our evening and weekend schedules will allow you to maintain your work, school or family commitments.) You will also complete a 140 hour dental assistant internship with a practicing dentist. During this time you will prepare to successfully pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam (www.DANB.org) and complete testing and application requirements to obtain your New Mexico Certification in the Expanded Function of Dental Radiography. After you graduate you'll have the skills to get a job as a Dental Assistant. After some experience, graduates become office managers, Dental Assistant Instructors, dental product sales representatives, and even move on to Dental Hygiene, which is highly competitive. Why not call today for more information or to set up a tour of the school?

We want to answer all of your questions about dental assistant training, what is a dental assistant, why be a dental assistant, and how to be a dental assistant.