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Dental Assistant

The Dental Assistant Program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental Assistants with documented skills also may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical and office duties. Some dental assistants manage the office and are responsible for patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. Graduates receive a technical diploma and are eligible to write the certification examination of the Dental Assisting National Board. Most dental assistants work in general or specialized dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. Some dental assistants may choose to work for insurance companies, dental laboratories, or dental supply companies. The dental assistant also may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, United States Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county or city health facility.

Following education as a dental assistant, some individuals may pursue additional education as a dental hygienist. Training as an assistant can be very useful in preparing individuals for this additional education.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Collect diagnostic and treatment data
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Perform clinical supportive treatments
  • Take diagnostic radiographs
  • Perform dental laboratory procedures
  • Provide patient oral health instruction
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
  • Carry out dental office procedures

Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs: Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Dental Association; 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 440-4653; www.ada.org