How to Become a Dental Assistant
Step 1: Earn Your HS Diploma or Equivalent
Step 2: Research and Verify all State and Local RequirementsA career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.
Step 3: Get Formal Training through an Accredited InstitutionFormal training is often required as a part of state or local requirements, and is typically available at the certificate or degree levels, with online and on-campus options available. Courses typically cover topics like dental and medical terminology, an overview of various dental procedures, laws and ethics, and dental insurance. Step 4: Obtain Clinical ExperienceIf you would like to perform clinical procedures, you will be required to complete an externship in a clinical setting prior to employment.Step 5: Obtain CredentialingDepending on your state and local requirements, additional Credentialing may be required to obtain work. Credentialing shows you have the knowledge to perform well in a role as a Dental Assistant and have mastered nationally-recognized standards. USCI’s Certificate Program qualifies for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam offered through American Medical Technologists (AMT). Applicants must also possess a CPR Certification. Step 6: Start WorkingMany employers will offer on-the job training, however Dental Assistants must have met their state and local requirements before applying to jobs.
What You'll Learn During Your Online Dental Assistant Course
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- Preventative Dentistry and Nutrition
- The Dental Examination
- Front Office Procedures
- Introduction to Oral Anatomy
- Dental Pain Management
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Restorative Dental Procedures
- Dental Anatomy and Terminology
- Orthodontics, Oral Pathology and Radiology
For the full Dental Assistant course outline, please visit our Course Outline Page.
Dental Assistant Training That Fits Your Life
In as little as four months you can be ready to start making $37,000 a year* as a Dental Assistant. And our self-paced online dental assistant training means you can study anytime, anywhere. With this online dental assistant school, there are no in-person dental assistant classes to attend and no schedules to keep. Our Dental Assistant program will teach you everything you need to know to start working as a Dental Assistant—no previous medical experience needed.