Want to Become a Dental Assistant? Dawn Can Help Start Your Career!

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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:*

Dental Assistants
Median salary of $36,940
6% expected growth rate in Delaware and 18% nationwide from 2014 to 2024
* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-6
https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Dental%20Assistants&onetcode=31909100&location=19805

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.

Projected Job Growth Projected
Job Growth
2014 to 2024

18%

Average Salary  
Median Salary
 

$36,940

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-6

As a dental assistant, you will develop various skills, including:

CLINICAL SKILLS:

  • 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:

  • Charting and updating patient records
  • Completing insurance forms and handling correspondence
  • Scheduling appointments, answering telephones and greeting patients
  • Arranging for laboratory services
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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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I got the job! I am so happy! I am so happy! You have made me a better me! My interview skills and communication skills have improved sooo much! Thank you so much!

~Sharle L., Dental Assistant Graduate

Our Dental Assistant Program. Designed just for YOU.

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.

Career Opportunities with Your Dawn Education.

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:

  • Christiana Dental Care
  • Delaware Smile Center
  • Wahl Family Dentistry
  • Christiana Center for Oral and Maxiofacial Surgery
  • Premier Oral and Facial Surgery
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