Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants help power the world with smiles by providing essential support to dentists and compassionate care to patients.

Overview

The 10-month Dental Assisting program is designed to prepare students for careers in the dental field. The program offers comprehensive training with a fast-paced curriculum taught in a working, on-campus clinical lab. Students also obtain certificates in a variety of different areas of dentistry, potentially opening the door to even more opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates earn a Dental Assisting Diploma in as little as 10-months
  • Valuable training certificates that can expand employment opportunities
  • 300-hour externship in a real dental facility
  • Flexible day and night classes available
  • Lifetime career services and job placement assistance
  • Hands-on training from experienced instructors in a working clinical lab
  • Institutionally accredited by ABHES and is an approved VA program
  • Financial aid assistance for those who qualify

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What you’ll learn

The Caris College Dental Assisting program trains students to perform a variety of clinical and patient care duties in the dental field. Students can expect to receive instruction in the following areas:

  • Dental Basic Sciences including all aspects of preventative dentistry, oral hygiene, anatomical structure of teeth, and cavity classification
  • Dental charting, dental practice management software (Dentrix), dental office administration, and scheduling
  • HIPAA and OSHA regulations, professional ethics, legal standards, and interpersonal communication
  • Dental insurance billing and coding, insurance tracking systems, and claim filing procedures
  • Clinical Procedures such as infection control, hazardous materials management, basic chair-side assisting, instrument transfer, anesthesia, and sedation
  • Dental cements, liners and bonding agents, and restorative materials
  • Emergency management and preparation for patient care
  • Students will be prepared for licensure exams such as the RDA, CDA, ICE, GC, RHS, and NELDA (RHS is required for the State of Indiana)
  • Students earn Dental Assisting Certificates in Expanded Duties Dental Assisting, Comprehensive Dental Assisting, Radiation Health and Safety (Dental X-Ray) and Nomad Pro dental X-Ray training, as well as CPR Certification (American Heart Association)

Career Opportunities

Jumpstart your career in months, not years

Graduates of the Caris College Dental Assisting will be prepared to seek entry-level employment in dental offices, both specialty and general practices across the country, and may often continue to further their careers as dental hygienists.

Dental Assistants can seek employment in a variety of dental office settings.

General Dentistry Offices

Endodontic
Offices

Orthodontics
Offices

Oral Surgery
Centers

Pedodontics or
Pediatric Dentistry Offices

Periodontics
Offices

Prosthodontics Specialty Centers

Dental
Labs

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