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Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$25,460 to $52,000*
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
36 weeks

In the United States, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024.* That’s because, as people age and the population increases, dentists will see an uptick in their workloads. They will need help carrying out routine tasks so that they may perform more complicated procedures.

If you’d like to join a dental practice, consider our dental assistant training program. Our class schedules are designed to help you get an education while you work and take care of family. Brightwood Career Institute trains dental assistants with the skills to pursue a career working alongside dentists. Our hands-on, relevant dental assistant training is designed to get you started in this growing* career field.

Dental Assistant Diploma Program Features

Dental assisting is a hands-on career, and our curriculum lets you learn by doing. You will practice techniques like four-handed dentistry, tray setups, model trimming, equipment maintenance, instrument sterilization, impressions, dental reception duties and charting.

You could develop skills like records management and ethics, office management and communications, and will receive an introduction to basic computer skills. Coursework also covers:

  • The different types of teeth, structures of the oral cavity and universal codes for each tooth
  • Techniques for chairside assisting, infection control, treatment planning in the eight specialty areas of dentistry and handling dental instruments
  • Managing dental emergencies like a broken tooth or prosthesis, an abscessed tooth or alveolitis
  • Techniques for preventive dentistry

Dental Assistant Education and Training

Brightwood Career Institute’s Dental Assistant diploma program is built to mirror local employment needs. Our objective is to prepare you to seek positions on a dental health team. The Dental Assistant program is designed to train students to perform chairside assisting, related office work and lab procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist.

In order to graduate, students partner with a dental clinic, general dental office or other dental facility focused on patient care for an externship which provides real work experience. Brightwood Career Institute’s market-driven curriculum teaches more than the skills related to a dental assistant’s daily tasks. When you earn your diploma, you can actively participate in patient care.

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What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

Dental assistants have a range of duties, all in support of the dentist.

Daily activities might include:

  • Demonstrating preventive dentistry to patients
  • Taking impressions of patients' teeth
  • Caring for patients in the treatment room
  • Sterilization and infection control
  • Performing oral evacuations
  • Assisting with oral surgery

Administrative Skills Training

A dental assistant often works to keep the office running in a productive and efficient manner. Your training will include classes in administrative responsibilities like managing patient records, taking inventory, communicating verbally and through written correspondence.

Potential Dental Assistant Career Opportunities

When you complete the Dental Assistant diploma program at Brightwood Career Institute, you are prepared to apply for entry-level dental positions. Dental group practices, dental insurance agencies, clinics, public health institutions and dental product distributors hire candidates with this educational background.

Dental assistants might advance to positions like dental sales representative, office manager or obtain positions at insurance companies or research facilities.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at (visited October 04, 2017).

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