When you become a dental assistant, you'll enjoy a career that is not only fulfilling, but also rewarding. Caring dental assistants truly make a difference with clients, providing comfort and education. Plus, this field offers flexible hours and is expected to grow exponentially in the future. Dental assistant school is the first step you need to take, and this online Clinical Dental Assistant course will prepare you to become a productive and successful member of a dental hygienist team.
This online dental assisting course is the most comprehensive you'll find. You'll learn about every aspect of professional dental assisting, including invaluable real-world perspectives from experienced dental assistants and essential information about anatomy and physiology, preventive dentistry, patient care and communication, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, assisting in specialty practices, employment strategies, and much more.
Upon course completion—you will have the opportunity to apply for an externship, where you'll get real-life clinical assistant experience. You'll also be ready to pursue certification as a dental assistant by passing the radiology and infection control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board examination. The exam or one or more of its components is necessary in states where registration is required for dental assistants.
Clinical Dental Assistant Externship
The 40-hour Dental Externship is only offered to Clinical Dental Assistant students. The application for the externship is within the course. You must be at least 80% complete with the course before applying but will also have up to 6 months after completion to apply. The externship is not guaranteed. It is an optional part of the course, but highly recommended training for clinical assistant experience. Accepted externship students will be assisted in finding local offices that they are interested in. Externship students will need to pass a background check and a possible drug test. You will be asked to purchase liability insurance and be responsible for purchasing this on their own ($40 to $45 for an annual policy). You will need to provide an updated resume, current CPR certification and proof of current Hepatitis B vaccinations or a current negative test form provided by a doctor, depending on the state or the doctor's office that has been selected for the externship. There may be more requirements depending on the state or dental office selected.
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT, CDA AND DANB are trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc (DANB). This course is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.
Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully complete the online course content and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the externship application process does not guarantee an externship. COVID may be affecting the externship process or site availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.