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Dental Assistant Online

The 80-hour Dental Assistant program prepares students for entry-level positions in Dental Assisting. The course familiarizes students with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provides training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in dental practice. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing formal dental hygienist program in the future.

No discounts apply to this course. (The course tuition includes textbooks, registration fee, certificate fee and materials.)

Program includes

The history of dentistry and dental assisting
Introduction to the dental office
The legal aspects of dentistry
Policies and guidelines
Introduction to oral anatomy
Dental operatory
Dental equipment I
Introduction to tooth structure
Primary and permanent teeth
The oral cavity and related structures
Proper patient positioning
Dental hand pieces
Sterilization and other areas.


CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) Certification

Dental assistants can become certified by passing an examination that evaluates their knowledge. Most dental assistants who choose to become nationally certified take the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination. Becoming a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) assures the public that the dental assistant is prepared to assist competently in the provision of dental care.

Dental assistants are eligible to take the CDA examination if they have completed a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Individuals who have been trained on the job or have graduated from non-accredited programs are eligible to take the national certification examination after they have completed two years of full-time work experience as dental assistants. Some states also recognize the passage of components of the CDA examination, such as the Radiation Health and Safety examination, or the Infection Control examination, for licensing and regulatory purposes. State regulations vary, and some states offer registration or licensure in addition to this national certification program.

*This program is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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