A dental office cannot run without competent assisting staff. Our graduates are trained in the skills necessary to become valued members of the dental team. When they graduate, they can work side by side with the dentists and hygienists in a wide variety of general and specialty practices.
Their duties include everything from passing instruments, taking films, and giving patient instruction, to monitering vitals, and a number of other activities too numerous to mention in this space.
In this program, students are taught very valuable skills including: how to take radiographs, the polishing of teeth, sterilzation procedures, laboratory and chairside skills and expanded duties functions.
Your training will begin with instruction in the use of the equipment and materials found in a dental office. There will also be coursework in practice management, patient management, and record keeping. Your training will proceed rapidly to working with models, then each other and eventually with patients in a supervised clinical setting. In the second semester you will be placed in both general practice and specialty offices where you will hone your skills in an external practice setting. This training is intensive and a student should look at this as a full time job.
Students graduating from the Dental Assisting program are required to take the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB). It has been shown that DANB certified assistants are able to earn more money than non certified assistants. If you are interested in more information on DANB or salaries follow the career information link to your left.