What are the typical job duties for a dental assistant?
A dental assistant sits chair side during a variety of procedures and assists the dentist or dental hygienist with needs. Those needs could include performing x-rays, preparing dental impressions, sterilizing instruments, polishing a patient’s teeth or applying sealants to teeth. Dental assistants work closely with patients before, during and after a procedure, and in some offices; dental assists also perform office-related tasks.
Why should I choose Metro Tech’s Dental Assisting Program?
Metro Tech’s program is ACCREDITIED and offers four certifications (including the national certification exam, DANB) required by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry; all certifications and exams are included in the program cost. Choosing a dental assisting program that offers certifications and is accredited offers more career opportunities upon graduation. Metro Tech’s program takes just 10 months to complete; and it is very affordable at approximately $5,242, which includes tuition, books and supplies. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify. Click HERE to learn more.
As the dental assistant teacher, I bring 15 years of professional dental assisting experience into the classroom to teach industry expectations and standards as well as curriculum. I am a nationally-certified dental assistant who is also certified in four expanded functions. I have an associate’s degree in dental assisting, a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership; and I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge with future dental assistants.
What’s the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist?
While both dental assistants and dental hygienists work with dentists to help patients care for their teeth; the dental hygienist requires more education and works one-on-one with patients, whereas the dental assistant supports the dentist or dental hygienist.
What is it like to work as a dental assistant?
It is a rewarding career with the potential to further your education in the dental field. The profession offers a flexible schedule without working evenings or weekends. You’ll work as part of a dynamic team and play a key part in helping patients achieve their brightest smile. Every day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and engage with new people!
How much money can I expect to make as a dental assistant?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for a dental assistant ranges from $12 to $15 per hour, depending on experience, certifications and office.
How difficult will it be to find a job once I receive training as a dental assistant?
Dental assisting is a rapidly growing career choice and one with an abundance of job opportunities! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there should be about 58,000 new openings for dental assistants up to the year 2024. Younger generations take better care of their teeth than past generations and they regularly visit a dentist’s office. Expanded health coverage has led to more dental patients, which drives the demand for dental assistants.
Are there requirements I need to meet before applying to the Dental Assistant Program?
Yes. You must be at least 18-years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent and once accepted, you must complete a BLS CPR certification prior to beginning the program. But don’t worry; we’ll help with that once you’re accepted! Click HERE to start the process.
My goal is to become a dental hygienist, but I didn’t get accepted to dental hygiene school when I applied. Will this program help me while I’m waiting to reapply?
YES! Most local dental hygiene programs offer points on their program application for those who have completed an accredited dental assistant program like the one Metro Tech offers.
Will Metro Tech help me find a job once I complete the Dental Assistant Program?
I am in consistent contact with most of my dental assisting graduates and continually receive employment opportunities from their offices. Due to the positive reputation of the Metro Tech Dental Assistant Program, many dental offices and clinics contact me directly when they are looking to fill a position before it is made public knowledge. All of my previous graduates who were ready to begin working were offered jobs and able to begin work right after graduating from the program.
Application deadline is May 26, 2017 for fall classes. Click HERE to start the enrollment process.
Karyn Stafford has taught the Dental Assisting Program at Metro Tech since 2014. She brings 15 years of professional experience as a dental assistant into the classroom, where she utilizes her industry experience to teach industry standards, expectations and curriculum. She has an associate's degree in dental assisting and a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership. Ms. Stafford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org