Yes. You must be licensed by the state in which you operate, and the cost for State licensing is covered by your Dentist owned Dental Assistant School Curriculum and license purchase. The cost for licensing varies by state and by such factors as how many instructors are to be registered.
The dentist will make the practice available for the school facility. In many cases, the school’s day-to-day operation will not require the dentist’s participation. The school will have a Director that has been approved by the state. The state may require certain qualifying factors, which dentists easily meet and thus are readily approved. Obviously, each state will have its own unique requirements. The school can be totally run by qualified Hygienists or Dental Assistants who, as instructors, handle most hands-on teaching as well as to conduct the lectures and labs.