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Dental Assistant

10 Months - Diploma
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Dental Assistant School in Erie Pennsylvania

Program Overview

The Dental Assistant program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to prepare for a successful career as a chairside Dental Assistant within the healthcare community. The program prepares the student to work in both the clinic and administrative areas of the dental office.

The Dental Assistant program provides the student with the knowledge and hands-on practice in working along with a dentist in delivering care to patients. The student is provided with the opportunity to prepare tray setups and work with dental instruments and materials. Students also learn the basics of x-ray filming, oral heath care, dental lab techniques, and other chairside assisting techniques. Students are also given the opportunity to obtain skills working in an administrative capacity within the dental office. The program concludes with an externship to a local dental facility to provide real-world working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.

Hybrid Learning

This program offers a hybrid learning experience. Students complete coursework online and complete hands-on learning on-campus.

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Course Outline

  • Foundations of Dental Assisting
  • Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Dental Terminology
  • Infection Control and Safety in Dentistry
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • Foundations of Dental Assistant Lab
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Radiography Lab
  • Dental Patient Assessment and Care
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Materials Lab
  • Career Development
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Specialties Lab
  • DA Certification Review
  • Assisting in Restorative Dental Care
  • Assisting in Restorative Dental Care Lab
  • Dental Assistant Externship

Certification Opportunities

Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam

The certification exam offered to the Dental Assistant students is the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection control exam through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Certification is not a graduation requirement; however, in order for a Dental Assistant to take x-rays in Pennsylvania, the graduate must pass this exam.

Infection Control (ICE) Exam

The certification exam offered to the Dental Assistant students is the Infection Control exam through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Certification is not a graduation requirement.

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Dental Assistant Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Dental Assistant Program

  • Affordable Smiles Inc., Meadville PA
  • Beautiful Smiles, Erie PA
  • Dr. Eric Van Damia, Erie PA
  • Dr. Edward Osborne DDS, Seneca PA
  • Summit Dental Associates, Erie PA
  • Northern Chautauqua Dental, Dunkirk NY
  • Armanini, Kolodychak and Basile, LLP, Erie PA
  • Valley View Dental, Allegany NY
  • Cole Orthodontic Associates, Ridgeway PA
  • Dr. Monika Kudla DMD, Jamestown NY
  • Fairview Family Dental, Fairview PA
  • Family Dentistry, Corry PA
  • Pine Orthodontics, State College PA

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