Artistic Dental at the Biltmore has officially established its own dental assistant school. Under the direction of Dr. John Dougherty, the  Phoenix family and cosmetic dental practice is launching Biltmore Dental Assisting Academy. The school will operate out of Artistic Dental’s office located at 2333 E. Campbell Avenue and enrollments are now being accepted. An informational open house will be held Monday, March 25, 6 pm – 8 pm. Classes are scheduled to start, Saturday, April 6.

Dr. John Dougherty

“Students will have the opportunity for experiential learning under the direction of our team,” says Dr. John Dougherty, “Our goal is to inspire and prepare future dental assistants to be knowledgeable caring healthcare professionals who will serve dental patients with compassion and understanding.”

The Biltmore Dental Assisting Academy offers a focused 10-week course covering the fundamentals in dental assisting and includes lectures and hands-on, mannequin and/or live-patient experience. In addition to lessons, the program requires students to complete a 40-hour externship where they will administer multiple procedures approved by the supervising doctor. Students fulfilling the course and externship requirements will be granted a Certificate of Completion. They will also be CPR trained, prepared for the DANB Radiology exam and qualified for entry level dental assistant positions. 

“Individuals that enjoy working with people, are detail oriented and interested in seeking a career in healthcare should apply,” adds Dr. Dougherty.

Classes will be held on weekends and spots are limited. Interested students may request additional information via or call Artistic Dental’s office at (602) 840-5400. To learn more about Biltmore Dental Assisting Academy and Artistic Dental, visit