Looking for a career change or just graduating from high school and looking for a life-long rewarding career? Being a dental assistant is a rewarding, satisfying, and stable occupation.
Consider enrolling in our dental assistant course and jump start your career today!
Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from helping dentists and dental specialists to provide patient care, taking x-rays, impressions, digital scans and pictures of teeth, sterilizing instruments, maintaining supplies and equipment, to record-keeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by experience and by the dental offices where they work. The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Although state regulations vary, responsibilities may include:
- Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
- Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
- Asking about the patient’s medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse.
- Serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment.
- Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment.
- Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling).
- Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).
- Taking impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth).
- Performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer.
- Communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies).
- Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
Dental assistants can work either in dental private practices, hospitals, universities, government or military dental clinics, or public health clinics. On average, an orthodontic assistant works 34-40 hours a week. Some clinics open on evenings and weekends to accommodate working patients, which means an orthodontic assistant may be required to work some weekends and late hours. Orthodontic assistants, like dental assistants, work in well-lit, clean environments.
Dental Aassisting Program Overview:
Our dental assistant program takes 10 weeks to complete.
It consists of 20 modules that run 2.5 hours each and teaches you the necessary practical skills and offers comprehensive study materials to feel confident and competent in your new dental assistant profession. Dental assistant course includes theoretical and clinical components, covering dental and oral anatomy and physiology, chair side assisting, radiology, impressions, instrument identification, restorative materials and procedures, lab materials and techniques, including pit and fissure sealants placement and coronal polishing, infection control, sterilization and assisting in dental specialties
Check out the full program’s curriculum in our School Catalog or view the full dental and orthodontic course catalog and schedule.