Dental Assistant Diploma Program
This program prepares students to seek entry-level employment in a variety of dental settings. Typical job titles for a graduate entering the field would be chair-side dental assistant and dental X-ray technician.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.*
What do Dental Assistants like about their job? If you ask, they’ll probably start talking about their patients and how great it feels to give them a reason to smile and enhance their quality of life. There’s nothing better than making a positive difference in someone’s day!
* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm Retrieved 8/23/2018
PROGRAM LENGTH - 10 MONTHS
The content of the program provides students with didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction in chair-side assisting procedures, infection control, and treatment procedures commonly performed in a dental office setting. Students will also receive basic training in front office procedures. In additional to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving projects, research papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.
Upon successful completion of the program, students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a dental assisting related field.