What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Dental Assistant

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March 6, 2018

In celebration of Dental Assistants Recognition Week, learn more about this growing career path

Dental assistants are vital members of any dental team and they provide support to both dentists and administrative staff. This job is a popular and rewarding choice for many due to its quick entry to the workforce, stability, and opportunity to help others daily. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assisting jobs are expected to see a 19% growth through 2026.

At Dawn Career Institute, our dental assisting students receive hands-on training and valuable job experience both inside and outside of the classroom. If you're interested in a career that offers flexible hours and a variety of responsibilities, then becoming a dental assistant could be the perfect match for you.

What do dental assistants do?

Dental assistants are integral team members at the practices where they work. They work closely with dentists to provide clinical assistance like performing oral radiologic procedures, taking dental impressions, and handling dental materials. The clerical duties include charting and updating patient records, coordinating laboratory services, and completing patient insurance forms. The versatility of these day-to-day tasks eliminate on-the-job monotony.

Since dental assisting jobs are in demand, you may have the flexibility to choose the hours and schedule that works best for you. Many practices offer both part-time and full-time opportunities.

How do you become a dental assistant?

In order to take advantage of this growing career, you'll need to continue your education and obtain certification as a dental assistant. Our Dental Assistant program can help get you there in as little as 30 weeks, with the flexibility to take classes in both daytime and evening hours as part of a blended program.

Graduates of our Dental Assistant program are qualified to take the Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens Certification, as well as the Radiation Health and Safety Certification through the Dental Assisting National Board.

Where do dental assistants work?

There are a variety of work settings a dental assistant can choose from. Traditional work settings, which are determined by the number of dentists you report to, are called solo or group practices. However, if you thought dentist offices are the only places you can work after becoming a dental assistant, you're mistaken.

Other more unique settings are also available. These include surgery centers, public health clinics, and dental laboratories. Each of these settings brings their own challenges and opportunities. Fortunately, by becoming a dental assistant, you'll have the chance to select the environment that works best for you and your individual career goals.

Visit our website today at www.DawnCareerInstitute.edu or talk to an admissions representative to learn more about starting your career as a dental assistant.