Dental Assisting

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-DA03
Program Duration: 9 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

The Dental Assisting Program

The program prepares students for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. This course covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, introduction to oral anatomy, dental operator, introduction to tooth structure (primary and permanent teeth), the oral cavity; and other areas. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

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Course Description

The Dental Assisting Profession

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nations growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2018.

Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting

Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines

Introductory oral anatomy, dental operator, and dental equipment

Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth

The oral cavity and related structures

Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas

*Disclaimer: An externship is not guaranteed. All students must apply to the program and complete any prerequisite criteria before being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each location. We will assist students in setting up their own externship when other options are not available.

Job Outlook

Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Federal health legislation is expected to expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance. People with new or expanded dental insurance coverage will be more likely to visit a dentist than in the past. This will increase the demand for all dental services, including those performed by dental assistants.

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