The course will run ten (10) consecutive weeks, eight classroom hours per week for a total of eighty (80) classroom hours of instruction. Another 30 hours of “practical training” will be given where you will be working on each other (student to student). Total course time will be approximately 110 hours.

These topics are listed in no particular order. All of the subjects listed below will be covered in some form whether via classroom instruction, video, hands-on clinical experience, or all three combined. Most days will consist of all three types of educational experiences and will generally run for a period of 8 hours with a lunch break. All educational tools, visual aides, textbooks, equipment, and instrumentation will be provided by Careers in Dental Assisting at no additional cost. Individual needs warrant different amounts of time for home study to prepare for course work, but our experience tells us it could range between 30 to 50 hours.

  • The Dental Profession (4hrs)
    • Introduction to Dental Assisting
    • Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting
  • The Sciences (4hrs)
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Dental Anatomy
  • Infection control and Hazardous Materials (16hrs)
    • Disease Transmission
    • Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials
    • Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation
    • Instrument Processing
  • Dental Treatment (8hrs)
    • Clinical Dentistry (four-handed dentistry)
    • Moisture Control (rubber dam)
  • Patient Care (4hrs)
    • The Dental Patient
    • The Dental Examination
    • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
    • Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Dental Radiography (38hrs)
    • MDA curriculum for X-ray certification
    • Radiation Safety and production of X-rays
    • Oral Radiography (digital and traditional)
  • Preventive Dentistry (4hrs)
    • Preventive care (Diagnodent, Spectra, Intra-oral cameras)
    • Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants
  • Restorative Dentistry (12hrs)
    • Instruments, Handpieces, and Accessories
    • Restorative Materials
    • Restorative Procedures
    • Impression Materials and Laboratory Procedures
    • Prosthodontics
  • Specialized Dentistry (16hrs)
    • Periodontics
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Pediatrics
    • Orthodontics
  • Preparation for Employment (4hrs)
    • The Job Search
    • Examination Preparation Practice Exam