What Dental Assistants do

Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

Job Outlook*

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 44,000 openings for dental assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

(*Source: http://www.bls.gov/)

Dental Assistant Program Details and Data:

Program Delivery All theory component of this program’s curriculum is delivered via online/distance education mode.
All laboratory and practice component of this program’s curriculum is delivered via the traditional on-campus/face-to-face mode.
All externship component of this program’s curriculum is delivered via the traditional on-community/face-to-face mode.

Objective:

The professional objective of the program is to prepare students at an entry-to-industry level of competence for gainful employment in the dental field where they will work with dentists to perform a wide variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties.

Dental Assistant Program Description:

Dental Assisting is a comprehensive 11-months diploma program. Information is delivered in theory and supplemented with practical hands-on experience as well as 80 hours of externship.

The program is designed to provide students with knowledge on chair side procedures, patient care and clinical and administrative routines of a dental practice.

Introduction to Dental Assisting: Students will learn general anatomy with emphasis on head and neck. The professional and legal aspects of dental assisting as well as OSHA regulations, sterilization and infection control. Students learn dental charting and patient’s records with emphasis on pharmacology and anesthesiology. Also, they will be introduced to the administrative procedures in dental office.

Dental Chairside Assisting: This area of the program focuses on acquiring skills with dental instruments, dental terminology, restoratives materials such as cements, amalgams and composites restorations, as well as, on assisting with endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.

Dental X-Ray: This course will prepare the student to expose, develop and mount X-rays.

Dental Laboratory: This area of the program will expose the students to the use of laboratory materials to make temporary crowns and bridges, alginate impressions, procedures for pouring and trimming models, making customs and bleaching trays.

Dental Externship: This part of the program is designed to provide a patient-based learning environment by participating in a 120 hours externship in a dental office. Students will learn a wide range of expanded duties.

PROGRAM BREAKDOWN BY COURSE
COURSE

NUMBER

COURSE TITLE CLOCK

HOURS

CREDIT

HOURS

Services

(If Applicable)

DAP 100 Introduction to Dental Assistant 10    
DAP200 Dental Chairside Assisting 290    
DAP300 Dental X-Ray 80    
DAP400 Dental Materials and Laboratory Techniques 140    
DAP500 Specialized Dentistry 220    
DAP600 Administrative Procedures 30    
DAP700 Dental Externship 120    
DAP800 Preparation for Employment 10    
Totel 900

Praxis’ Dental Assistant Program is accepted by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB). Therefore, program graduates are eligible for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification. https://www.danb.org/Become-Certified/Exams-and-Certifications/NELDA.aspx

The NELDA exam is composed of three component exams: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE) and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP). Graduates of the program will be eligible for the NELDA certification after passing the three component exams and fulfilling the remaining eligibility requirements under one of the NELDA certification eligibility pathways.

Candidates must pass the RHS, ICE and AMP component exams with a three-year time period in order to earn NELDA certification. Once a candidate have passed the final component exam, candidate can then apply for the NELDA certification.