Course Overview

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions - Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. The Dental Health care field is an exciting one! Like other health care fields, these positions are in demand with a 7% growth over the next 10 years. This course 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. Course includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider, student must pass course and meet requirements.
This is an online self-paced program, 6 month access, 750 hours.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in an exciting Dental career! 

Additional Information

National Certification Exam - Students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Exam (RHS) and the Infection Control (ICE) exam upon finishing program. The Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) - requires 3 components: RHS, ICE, and the General Chairside Assisting (GC) exams. The GC Route II requires 3,500 chairside work hours before taking.  Exams are not included in the course. Student is responsible for registering for exams after they complete the program. For exam information go to: www.danb.org

Course is in partnership with Health Ed Today


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Section Title
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $3,950.00
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