The Dental Assistant program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field.
The program prepares learners for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. This program covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, introduction to tooth structure (primary and permanent teeth), the oral cavity; and other areas. The purpose of this program is to familiarize learners with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
Describe the process for gathering and assessing patient health information
Explain the foundations of and procedures used in clinical dentistry
Summarize the use of radiology in dentistry and issues associated with it
Describe the primary materials, instruments, and equipment used in dentistry including basic care and maintenance of instruments
Outline how dental assistants assist with various dental procedures and types of dentistry
Summarize the essential administrative and communication skills required of dental assistants
Explain the anatomy, physiology, and pathology concepts associated with dentistry
Explain infection control, safety, and emergency procedures and regulations in the dental environment
Explain pediatric and orthodontic procedures and tools
After completing this program, learners will have the opportunity to take the leading national/industry-recognized certification exam(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field, the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Dental Assistant Clinical Certification (DACC). All required course materials are included in the price. This course is offered in an online, self-paced format. The login and textbook information will be emailed to you. Students should expect to spend 4-6 months to complete this program.