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  • Dental Assistant Job Description

    If you enjoy helping others and are looking for an in-demand job, you might consider a career as a Dental Assistant.(1)

    Unlike dental hygienists, dental assistants perform both administrative and clinical tasks, and they are often responsible for instructing patients on postoperative and general oral healthcare.

    Call or request information to speak to someone about the Dental Assisting diploma program at Remington College.

    What is the Job Responsibilities?

    • Scheduling appointments for patients
    • Maintaining patient records
    • Assisting dentists with procedures
    • Processing x-rays
    • Sterilizing dental equipment
    • Instructing patients on proper dental hygiene

    While some receive on-the-job training, formal dental assistants diploma programscan teach you the variety of skills you need for a dental assisting career.(1)

    Dental Assistant Job Outlook

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects dental assisting careers to grow much faster than average from 2014 to 2024, with projected employment growth of 18 percent.(2)

    What do You Learn when Training to Become a Dental Assistant?

    Many dental assistant schoolsintroduce students to oral anatomy and common dental procedures and can be completed in less than a year.

    Some diploma programs also offer hands-on clinical experience that allows students to put their knowledge and skills to work. It may also help if perspective dental assistants are personable, reliable, and good with their hands.

    Dental assistant certificationsand licensing vary by state. Most states restrict the procedures a dental assistant can perform, and some require dental assistants to graduate from a dental assisting program and pass a licensing exam. Professional certification is also available through the Dental Assisting National Board and is recognized in most states.