Know your dental facts before making decisions

6 of the Top Dental Assistant Schools

Looking for the top dental assistant schools? These six institutions offer great training to get your career off on the right foot.



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As the name suggests, dental assistants perform the job of assisting a dentist in their practice, and they can carry out a number of tasks. This can range from preparing and sterilizing tools and materials, to preparing a patient for their treatment, and carrying out a range of jobs to assist a dentist during the treatment process. While some assistants can learn on the job, many now seek qualifications at dental assistant schools. For those that want to attend a college to set them up for a career in the profession, the following are some of the top options to consider.

Sanford-Brown College

The Sanford-Brown College has locations in a number of cities across the US and provides the option of taking a basic dental assistant course, or alternatively a dental assistant with expanded functions course. These instruct students in topics such as chair-side assistance, dental laboratory and dental practice administrative procedures, dental anatomy and radiography. The programs are available at a few of the Sanford-Brown campuses, and with basic and advanced courses available it can be a good option to consider.

Everest College

Everest College is another educational facility that has campuses in a few different locations across the US, and a number of these offer a dental assistant program. This is designed to teach students topics such as patient procedures, chair-side assisting methods and office and laboratory tasks for which an assistant is typically responsible. This will provide a basic knowledge of the role of the dental assistant, with the course offering both classroom lectures and practical training in a laboratory setting.

US Career Institute

For those that want to learn using online and distance training, the US Career Institute can be one of the good dental assistant schools to opt for. It offers the chance to gain a certificate for a course known as Introduction to Dental Assistant. It is possible to complete the course in as little as 4 months and it offers instruction in dental equipment types and use, dental practice administration, and patient care amongst other subjects. For those that want to learn at home using distance training, it is considered a good choice of dental assistant program and provides the basic knowledge required for the job.

Medical Careers Institute

The Medical Careers Institute has a number of campuses and also offers online courses, and this includes a Dental Assistant associate degree program. This aims to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a dental assistant. The course covers clinical, administrative and radiology procedures. This includes subjects such as assisting duties during minor and major procedures, patient preparation, charting patient histories, and office procedures. The course includes both classroom and practical training.

Ultimate Medical Academy

The Ultimate Medical Academy is based in Florida, and is considered to offer an excellent dental assistant program. The course offers training in the basic requirements of the role of the dental assistant, as well as a range of extended tasks. This covers topics such as assisting a dentist during routine and advanced dental procedures, as well as radiology training and instruction in office procedures. Students that choose to study at the facility have the choice of a couple of campus locations in Florida, at Tampa and Clearwater. However the academy is another of those dental assistant schools which also offer online training for students and this can be a more convenient way to take a course. It can therefore be an option for many to consider.

Lincoln Technical Institute

The dental assistant course at the Lincoln Technical Institute provides excellent training for a prospective career in the field. It offers classroom and hands-on training in preventative dentistry topics such as chair-side assistance, four-handed dentistry, orthodontic procedures and dental radiology. The business side of a dental practice is also covered, and this includes many of the tasks in practice management. The course therefore provides a solid foundation in the requirements of a dental assistant career, and can be a good option to consider.

For prospective dental assistants that want to gain qualifications as a way into the profession, this is possible by studying at dental assistant schools. There are a number of colleges that provide this type of training, with those shown above being some of the top options to consider when searching for a suitable school.

 

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