There are many benefits to choosing a career in dental assisting:
Dental assistants perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to assisting the dentist, setting up equipment, preparing patient for treatment and keeping records.
Dental assistants may prepare materials for impressions and restorations, take x-rays, make bleach trays, apply topical anesthetics to gums, and place dental dams to isolate teeth for treatment.
Assistants are responsible for making patients feel comfortable in the dental chair and preparing them for treatment.
During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction hoses or other devices. They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral healthcare.
Dental assistants with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances and make temporary crowns. Those with included office duties may schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records and order dental supplies and materials.
Dental assistants work closely with and under the supervision of dentists. Additionally, dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform a different set of clinical tasks.
Our education and training program lasts 8 short weeks. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9am-5pm.
Our program is now enrolling. You can review our school schedule here. We have many students that are interested in getting their careers started quickly and as a reminder, our classes are a first come first serve basis. Some classes may already be limited so hurry and register!
A majority of the learning is hands-on. Our classes take place in a dental office rather than in a classroom. The classes begin with lecture/class discussion, but a majority of the time is spent in lab where students are in the operatories learning one on one with instructors to take impressions, pour up models, etc. When our students finish the program, they feel comfortable in the dental office because that is the environment that they trained in.
When you graduate from any dental assisting school you receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if they can expect to make a higher starting salary if they attend a longer school. The answer to that is no. The starting salary for a Dental Assistant does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how much you paid for your schooling.
As long as there are dentists, there will continue to be a need for qualified dental assistants. There are many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants.
Our program is licensed by the Georgia Non-Public Post Secondary Education Commission. We are a non-accredited instituion that has met the minimum standards held by GNPEC.
Non-accredited programs are independent from outside regulations. They are essential for learning a new skillset or refining your exisiting proficiences with more flexibility. Students may find opportunities they like with unaccredited schools. They are often shorter in duration, which means you can become a dental assistant within as little as 8 weeks with our program. The entrance requirements are not as strict as those for accredited course and the study material and assignments are not as complicated.
Tuition for our program is $4,000. There is a nonrefundable initial application fee of $100 and a nonrefundable supply fee of $60. Tuition deposit must be paid in full before or on the first day of class.
Financing for program is available through www.carecredit.com and www.paypal.com.
PayPal Credit is a PayPal service that lets students buy now and pay later with a credit line that's built into your PayPal account, subject to credit approval. Think of it as an instant and reusable credit line, similar to a credit card, that you can use at checkout when you pay with your PayPal account. You must have a paypal account for this option.
Care credit is similar to Paypal credit, it is a healthcare card for purchases made specifically in the healthcare industry. Click here www.carecredit.com/apply/ and under "select a doctor by name", seach for Canton Pediatric Dentistry and begin your application process. You can make and schedule payments online in your secure online access.
Students may do in house financing but must contact the program in advance (3+ months from class start date) and express interest in this option.
Students may click here to register for the next upcoming classes. You will have to include a personal statement with your application and submit a non refundable $100 registration fee. Once you have finished these steps, you will recieve a follow up email with the next set of instructions.