Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant careers across the country continue to grow. This is a great career choice for individuals looking for flexible schedules and a variety of responsibilities.

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 Dental Assistant require both interpersonal and technical expertise. Dental Assistants perform a variety of clinical and clerical skills.

Clinical skills may include:

  • Assisting in dental procedures and treatment
  • Performing intraoral radiologic procedures (x-ray techniques)
  • Processing of dental radiographs
  • Taking dental impressions
  • Applying topical anesthetics
  • Handling and storage of dental materials
  • Managing OSHA compliance and following infection control procedures
  • Teaching patients how to maintain proper oral hygiene
  • Helping patients feel comfortable during their visit

Clerical skills may involve:

  • Charting and updating patient records
  • Completing insurance forms and handling correspondence
  • Scheduling appointments, answering telephones and greeting patients
  • Arranging for laboratory services

DCI Dental Assistant Icon 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.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

Dawn Career Institute combines qualified instruction with the medical facilities, equipment and instruments you'd find on your first day of work. In addition, All DCI programs have valuable professional development skills built into the curriculum, including goal setting, resume writing, job search methods, successful interviewing techniques, customer relations, stress management, and how to present a professional image.

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Program Details

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

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