Dental Assistant

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Career Description

The Dental Assistant performs many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping in a general dental office under the direct supervision of the Dentist. Expanded Duties Dental Assistants are able to perform multiple functions such as placing fillings, sealants, and fabricating crowns and bridges for the patient. This position enables the assistant to have more direct patient care in the practice. Assistants may work in specialty dental practices such as Orthodontists, Endodontists, and Periodontists offices. After completion of all courses, the assistant is employable in any general business or clinical position.

Career Outlook

According to the Department of Labor, the overall employment of Dental Assistants is expected to increase by 31% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice.

Program Schedule

A total of 8 hours a week for 16 weeks, plus externship requirements outside of class hours. Successful completion of all courses is required to receive program certificate of completion.

The day classes are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday rotation from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. The afternoon classes are offered on Monday/Wednesday from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Program Objective

The educational objective of the program is career preparation for the general or specialty dental office. The instruction is by lecture, lab and clinic experience. This program is designed to provide 128 hours of classroom and hands on lab instruction over a 16 week period. 120 externship hours in clinical and business, expanded duties or specialty practices are required to complete the program. This program will provide the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience needed for a beginner in dental assisting. The program is divided into 2 courses that are taken in sequence. After satisfactory completion, passing all academic and skills testing and completing the clinical requirements, the student will receive certificates for Dental Radiation Safety & Technique and Dental Assisting to include: Clinical & Business Assistant, and Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. Successful completion of all courses is required to receive program certificate of completion.