Dental assistant careers across the country continue to grow. So there's no doubt that there is a position with your name on it.
At Dawn Career Institute, we're here to help you achieve your career goals. If you are compassionate and enjoy flexible schedules and a variety of responsibilities, then becoming a dental assistant may be a great option for you.
Your Role as a Dental Assistant
Dental assistants (DA) are valued and integral members of the dental care team, helping the dentist provide quality oral health care. The responsibilities of the DA requires technical expertise and interpersonal, clinical and clerical skills.
Most dental assistants work in solo or group dental offices, but there are also many opportunities in specialty dental practices offering services such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. Employment opportunities are also available in hospital dental clinics and long-term care facilities.
Dental assistants enjoy a variety of benefits both now and in the future:*
Median salary of $36,940
6% expected growth rate in Delaware and 19% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
Most Dental Assistants work in solo or group dental offices, but there are also many opportunities in specialty dental practices offering services such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. Employment opportunities are also available in hospital dental clinics and long-term care facilities.
2016 to 2026
As a dental assistant, you will develop various skills, including:
Program length: 30 weeks
Program offered: Daytime and Evening* (Evening program is offered in a blended format)
*Blended programs combine a supportive, hands-on, campus-based education environment with the independence and flexibility of online learning.
Clock Hours: 900 (720 Contact Hours in the classroom/lab + 180 hours outside work)
Graduates earn a Diploma
Dawn Career Institute's dental assistant program is designed with you in mind. We want you to get relevant training from dedicated professors whose primary focus is to see you achieve your goals and advance in your career.
Dawn's Dental Assistant Program includes the technical knowledge needed in areas such as oral anatomy and dental charting, assisting in periodontics, orthodontics and pediatrics, taking x-rays and processing film/studying digital images.
Equally important, we train on the "soft skills" that employers are seeking, such as interpersonal skills, goal setting, customer relations and stress management. You can further develop your professional skills by meeting with the Career Services Department! We have full-time Career Services staff on campus who are available to our students and graduates in person, by phone or email to support them in the pursuit of career opportunities.
Our dental assistant program is available both daytime and evening hours, and can be completed in 30 weeks! The evening program is offered in our blended format.
With a Dawn Career Institute Education, you'll have opportunities to work with some of the most highly sought-after dental employers in the state. Here are just a few of the companies who have hired our graduates: