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Dentistry

Dental Assistant

Career data updated last on 8/19/2014
Dental Assistant Dental assistants make and develop x-rays, review patient histories, perform laboratory procedures, keep all instruments sterile and ready for the dentist to use and help to manage the dental office. They work chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients, keeping patients as comfortable as possible, handing instruments and materials to dentists, and keep patients mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices.
Salary $19.50- hourly $40,560 -annually
Significant Points Rapid employment growth and above average job turnover should result in good job opportunities. Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks, so they may devote their own time to more complex procedures.
Specializations
Work Environment Dental assistants work under the supervision of a dentist and may work with a dental hygienist or dental laboratory technician. Some are employed by specialists (orthodontists, oral surgeons). Some assistants work part-time and sometime in more than one office or may have some freedom to choose their own hours. Most dental assistants have a 32- to 40-hour workweek, which may include work on Saturdays or evenings. A dental assistant may work in a private dental office, a public health clinic, a dental school, the armed forces, hospitals or nursing homes. Other work environments may include: group practice, dental laboratories, insurance companies, dental supply manufacturers, and hospital dental departments.
High School Prep A high school diploma or equivalent with at least one course in algebra is required. Course work in biology, chemistry, geometry, health and typing are recommended.
Academic Requirements A dental assisting training program prepares graduates to qualify as Certified Dental Assistants. Programs should be accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. After graduation, dental assistants are eligible to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Training usually takes ten months to a year and covers X-rays, anatomy of the mouth, care of dental supplies, dental record-keeping and other related topics.

Schools/Organizations

Academy for Dental Assisting Careers - Greeley
Certificate Degree Certificate
Academy for Dental Assisting Careers - Littleton
Certificate Degree Certificate
Academy for Dental Assisting Careers - Longmont
Certificate Degree Certificate
Colorado School of Dental Assisting-Broomfield
Certificate Degree Certificate
Colorado School of Dental Assisting-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Colorado School of Dental Assisting-Grand Junction
Certificate Degree Certificate
Dental Assistant Training Academy
Certificate Degree Certificate
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Certificate Degree Certificate
Everest College-Aurora Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Everest College-Colorado Springs Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Front Range Community College Larimer Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
IntelliTec College-Grand Junction
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pickins Technical College
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pikes Peak Community College
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pueblo Community College-Pueblo Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate

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