Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant Program Overview

Of course, you don't need to be a dentist to be part of a modern dental practice. Many dental offices employ support personnel who perform a whole range of critical roles. One of these roles is that of dental assistant.

Dental assistants help dentists during examinations and procedures. They also prepare patients for their exams, take X-rays, sterilize instruments, and perform many on-site laboratory duties.

To prepare yourself to be a qualified dental assistant, you need training in basic dental science and dental office skills. You can get this training at Altierus. Altierus offers Dental Assistant career training at dozens of campuses throughout the United States. Most programs are designed to have you prepared and ready for work in less than a year.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

Dental Assistant Courses

At Altierus, you can get the education and training you need to begin working as a professional dental assistant. Our Dental Assistant career training program is designed to provide you with the education, training and experience you need to qualify for entry-level positions in this exciting field.

The courses in Our Dental Assistant program cover a wide range of relevant topics. These include:

Our Dental Assistant classes combine traditional classroom lectures with group projects and hands-on training in a simulated dental office setting. You will be trained in valuable clinical, radiographic and administrative procedures. You'll learn how to operate the clinic and diagnostic equipment found in most modern dental offices, including amalgamators, dental units and chairs, model trimmers, oral evacuation equipment, oxygen tanks, personal computers, ultrasonic units, and X-ray units.

At the ending of your training, you will also have an externship where you will get to work for several weeks in an actual dentist's office.

Note: This Dental Assistant program description is not necessarily reflective of every dental assistant program offered across all Altierus campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about what is taught in the dental assistant program near you.

Dental Assistant Careers

When you graduate from Our Dental Assistant degree program, you can be qualified to compete for entry-level positions in dental offices throughout the United States.* You will have a working knowledge of common dental procedures as well as experience working with equipment including:

Through your externship, you will also have experience working directly with patients. You'll know how to prepare patients for their examinations and advise them on practicing good oral health at home. Altierus Dental Assistant program graduates have gone on to be employed as:

In addition to working for general dentists, Altierus graduates may be employed by:

You may also qualify to work for dental supply manufacturers, hospital dental departments and insurance companies.

Some of our graduates later go on to become dental hygienists. These are the specialists who actually clean teeth and perform other routine dental procedures. This career requires additional education and training. The rewards can include greater responsibilities and higher pay.

To help you make the transition from school to the workforce, you can get help from the Career Services team at your Altierus campus. These experienced professionals can help you write a winning resume, rehearse interviewing techniques, choose a professional wardrobe and, most important of all, help you identify and contact dental offices in your area.

Note: Program availability, version and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which dental assistant programs programs are available.

* Employment is not guaranteed. Your own hard work, professionalism, attitude, and other factors impact your employment opportunities and pay.

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* Employment is not guaranteed. Your own hard work, professionalism, attitude, and other factors impact your employment opportunities and pay.
**Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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CO - Colorado Springs

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