REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Train to be a valuable dental team member, assisting with sterilizing equipment, preparing patients and exam rooms, scheduling and administering paperwork, and more. The Dental Assistant program from Professional Workforce Development, sponsored by Southern Adventist University, offers you the ideal opportunity to get trained and ready for a fast-growing healthcare career. Dental assistants are expected to see steady employment growth of a little over 10% — faster than the national average — over the next ten years. And through our Professional Workforce Development programs, you can get qualified for entry-level roles in this field in around 3.5 months.
WHAT DOES A REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT DO?
Registered dental assistants are highly visible members of the dental practice team, providing support to dentists and dental hygienists. Their responsibilities include scheduling appointments, obtaining patient information and vital signs, performing diagnostic testing, taking x-rays, and assisting throughout visits and procedures.
After successfully completing the Dental Assistant program, students will be proficient in working under the direction of a dentist, performing a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application, and topical anesthetic application.
WHERE DOES A REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT WORK?
Almost all dental assistants work in dentists’ offices.
Training Materials Provided
eBook: Modern Dental Assisting (Saunders 13th Edition, Copyright 2021)
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT
The demand for Registered Dental Assistants will continue to experience significant growth and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to rise by around 11% by 2030.
- Dental assistants can expect to earn a starting salary of between $19,000 and $45,000
- Graduates of the dental assistant program will have acquired the skills necessary to work in a wide range of healthcare settings
- Dental Assistant students will complete the program with a thorough understanding of dental anatomy and physiology, infection control, and radiation safety
Upon completion of our dental assistant program you’ll learn a number of skills, including:
- Recognize proper infection control procedures, hand washing, sterilization of equipment, disinfection of operatories, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), per Standard and Universal precautions
- Identify important head, neck, and oral anatomy related to patient care, including anomalies, and radiographic landmarks
- Demonstrate essential dental assisting skills needed for patient preparation, measurement of vital signs, and four-handed dentistry as well as the dental assistant’s role in medical emergencies
- Classify clinical tools, techniques, and materials used in four-handed dentistry
- Discuss tooth numbering systems, dental charting, and scheduling patients according to treatment plan
- Explain informed consent and patient education including oral hygiene instruction and post-treatment care
- Ensure HIPAA, OSHA, FDA, and EPA compliance and follow CDC recommendations as applicable to protected health information, infection control, radiation safety, workplace safety, and controls and documentation
- Apply operator and patient radiation safety principles and address patient safety concerns
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of radiology, including guidelines, regulations, and quality assurance in radiographic imaging and mounting
|COURSES - 14 WEEKS
Professionalism in Allied Health
Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings
Dental Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology
Dental Assisting Essentials
Radiation Health and Safety in Dentistry
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT JOB POSSIBILITIES
Dental Sales Representative
The Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential is awarded by the private certification organization, American Medical Technologists (AMT), and taken in addition to any state licensing or regulatory requirements.
The purpose of this exam is to demonstrate entry-level competence in basic dental assisting duties; it does not qualify candidates for any advanced procedures or expanded functions in the role of dental assisting.
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT PAYMENT OPTIONS
In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.
Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select “Corporate Invoice” if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans.
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|PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Program & Tuition Cost
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
Set class schedule
None: 100% online
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
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Top skills a dental assistant should possess include great communication, listening, attention to details, dexterity, organization, basic computer knowledge, and passion for helping patients
Dental assistant responsibilities include assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, exposing dental X-rays from dental diagnostics, and performing office management tasks. While working under the direction of a dentist, assistants may perform a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application, and topical anesthetic application.
Many dental assistants will tell you that there is no typical day because every day brings something different. Depending on where you work, you may perform many tasks including providing care to patients, setting up for dental procedures, and running the front office. Your responsibilities very much depend on the dentist you work for.
You can work full-time or part-time as a dental assistant. Your position specifics and working hours will be determined by both your needs and the needs of your employer. Dental assistants can choose to work at one office or multiple offices to accommodate their personal schedule.
Dental assistants check-in the patient and prepare them for their appointment while a dental hygienist works directly with the patient to clean their teeth and check their mouth for any dental hygiene issues.
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