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Dental Assistant Schools

Dental Assistant Schools

Learn What to Expect at our Dental Assistant Schools

Dental Assistant SchoolsAre you interested in pursuing dental assisting, or did you recently sign up for a program through one of our scholarship partners? If either of those scenarios are true, let’s take a quick look at why our dental assistant schools might be a good option. This is especially true if you’re interested in joining the growing field of health care. Many students often compare dental and medical assisting programs, because the two can be natural entry-level pathways with long-term career potential. To date, the Imagine America Foundation has offered over 2,000 dental assistant students a scholarship to attend one of our participating dental assistant schools. For a list of our schools offering dental assistant and scholarship programs, see below:

 

 

BRIGHTWOOD CAREER INSTITUTE
1991 Sprout Road, Suite 42, Broomall, PA 19008

  • Dental Assisting

 

BRIGHTWOOD CAREER INSTITUTE
3010 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Dental Assistant

 

FORTIS COLLEGE
4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785

  • Dental Assisting

 

FORTIS INSTITUTE
700 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

  • Dental Assisting

 

FORTIS INSTITUTE
517 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18509

  • Dental Assisting

 

HIGH DESERT MEDICAL COLLEGE
2000 24th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301

    • Dental Assisting

 

HIGH DESERT MEDICAL COLLEGE
701 West Avenue K, Suite 123, Lancaster, CA 93534

  • Dental Assisting

 

INTELLITEC COLLEGE
772 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506


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  • Dental Assisting

 

LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
5 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville, MA 02145


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  • Dental Assisting

 

LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
622 George Washington Highway,Lincoln, RI, 02865


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  • Dental Assisting

 

MEDICAL CAREERS INSTITUTE
1001 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606


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    • Dental Assistant

 

MEDICAL CAREERS INSTITUTE
2809 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294


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  • Dental Assistant

 

MEDICAL CAREER & TECHNICAL COLLEGE
630 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475

  • Dental Assisting

 

OHIO VALLEY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
15258 State Route 170, East Liverpool, OH 43920

  • Dental Assisting

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
221 West Main Street, Branford, CT 06405


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  • Dental Assisting

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
30 Waterchase Drive, Rocky Hill CT 06067


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    • Dental Assistant

     

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
670 Lordship Boulevard, Stratford, CT 06615


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
881 Wolcott Street, Waterbury CT 06705


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
5 Campanelli Circle, Canton, MA 02021


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
134 Dulong Circle, Chicopee, MA 01022


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
8 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA 01801


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
8 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA 01801


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  • Dental Assistant

 

PORTER & CHESTER INSTITUTE
220 Brooks Street, Worcester, MA 01606


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  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
201 New Stine Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308

  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
295 East Sierra Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
9331 Mariposa Road, Hesperia, CA 92344

  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
4580 Ontario Mills Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
7270 Madison Avenue, Suite 103, Temecula, CA 92590

  • Dental Assistant

 

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY COLLEGE
8344 West Mineral King Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291

  • Dental Assistant

 

WEST VIRGINIA JUNIOR COLLEGE
176 Thompson Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330

  • Dental Assistant

 

WEST VIRGINIA JUNIOR COLLEGE
1000 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301

  • Dental Assistant

 

YTI CAREER INSTITUTE
1405 Williams Road, York, PA 17402


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    • Dental Assistant

     

What to expect continued …

The length of dental assistant programs can be a big draw for students of all ages who need to get on their feet quickly. Dental assistant certificate programs typically last one year, or two to three semesters. The courses are aimed at preparing students with the clinical and administrative skills most dentists require. When selecting a dental assistant school, look for CODA accreditation or accreditation by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Most academic dental assisting programs require around 50 credit hours and take nine to 12 months to complete. The curriculum for an academic dental assistantship program is often delivered through three components: instruction, learning and assessment. Students will learn about the biological and social sciences in both classroom and hands-on clinical settings. The goal of our career college partner dental assistant programs is to get you in the workforce as quickly as possible. That’s why many include externships and have relationships with local employers near you.

In your dental assistant program, you’ll likely take courses that cover critical topics such as:

  • Dental materials
  • Dental radiology
  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Oral pathology
  • Chairside assisting
  • Clinical experience
  • Dental terminology

In these courses, you can learn how to make patients feel comfortable, how to assist dentists during procedures, and develop an understanding of external and internal structures of the teeth and oral cavity. Once completed, you should be able to list and identify the landmarks of the face and the oral cavity, as well as identify the structures of each tooth and their location.

Typically, students will be able to apply the dental assisting techniques in a clinical setting, as well as practice chairside procedures as directed by dentists. The goal of the externship is to ensure students who graduate from the dental assisting program have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful once they step into the workforce.

At first, the curriculum for becoming a dental assistant might sound intimidating. But there are resources students can utilize at home that will help them succeed. Be sure to keep up with our monthly alerts with important program information, as well as articles about other topics meant to help you succeed.

Download our mobile app right now, if you haven’t done so already. It’s the best way to manage your profile, track your career college scholarship application, and make sure you’re maximizing your potential for a dental assisting career.

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