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Dental Assistant

dental assistant training Program Duration: 4 Months
Course Contact Hours: 300
Student Tuition: $1,999.99


A dental assistant is an essential staff member in many dentists’ offices. Dental assistant jobs can change from office to office, but generally a dental assistant can help sanitize equipment, ready dental tools, locate patient records, help patients keep comfy and help the dentist during the course of procedures. Dental assistants are very important members of the dental team. A career as a dental assistant could be exciting, demanding, and extremely rewarding. The educated dental assistant can anticipate job satisfaction, variety, and also financial reward. It is a career that provides entry-level opportunities for people interested in the dentistry field. Our dental assistant training deals with everything you will need to get ready for an entry-level career in dental assisting.

Prerequisite(s): None

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After finishing this dental assistant training, you will have the ability to:

  • Understand core elements of the dental profession as well as the role of the dental assistant.
  • Identify oral anatomy and physiology.
  • Define dental diseases and the role nutrition plays in prevention.
  • Identify methods for infection prevention in the dental office.
  • Recognize the steps for completing dental assisting procedures.
  • Comprehend the significance of Occupational Health and Safety and protecting patient


Becoming Certified: Although this online program is designed to give you basic entry-level qualification and competencies to become a Dental Assistant this program does NOT meet all the requirements for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. CDA and GC Pathway II Certification Requirements
1. High school graduation or equivalent

2. Minimum of 3,500 hours of work experience as a dental assistant, accrued over a period of at least two years to a maximum of four years; employment must be verified by a licensed dentist.

3. A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate from a DANB-accepted CPR provider; CPR certification must be current at the date of application and exam.
**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


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Dental Assistant Module 1
The Dental Assisting Profession

  • History of Dentistry
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Characteristics of a Dental Assistant
  • Professional Organizations
  • The Dental Healthcare Team
  • Job Duties of a Dental Assistant
  • Dental Ethics
  • Dentistry and the Law
  • Dentist-Patient Relationship
  • Patient Records and the Law
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Dental Assistant Module 2
Sciences in Dentistry

  • General Anatomy
  • Body Cavities & Regions
  • General Physiology
  • Body Systems
  • Oral Embryology
  • Oral Histology
  • Regions of the Head and Neck
  • Blood Supply to the Head and Neck
  • Landmarks of the Face
  • Oral Cavity
  • Overview of Dentitions
  • Anatomic Features of Teeth
  • Tooth Morphology
  • Anterior Permanent Dentition
  • Posterior Permanent Dentition

Dental Assistant Module 3
Oral Health and Prevention of Dental Disease

  • Dental Caries
  • The Caries Process
  • Diagnosis of Caries
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Plaque Control Programs
  • Nutrition and Dental Health
  • Food Guide Pyramid
  • Eating Disorders and Teeth
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral Lesions
  • Diseases of the Oral Soft Tissues
  • Oral Developmental Disorders

Dental Assistant Module 4
Infection Prevention in Dentistry

  • Microbiology and Dentistry
  • Viral Diseases
  • Bacterial Diseases
  • The Chain of Infection
  • Modes of Disease Transmission
  • CDC Guidelines for Infection Control
  • OSHA Standards
  • Waste Management in the Dental Office
  • Environmental Infection Control
  • Classification of Instruments
  • Instrument Processing Area
  • Methods of Sterilization

Dental Assistant Module 5
Occupational Health and Safety

  • Regulatory and Advisory Agencies
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Chemical and Waste Management
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Dental Office Waste Management
  • Microorganisms in Dental Unit Water
  • Methods for Reducing Bacterial Contamination
  • Infection Control and Dental Unit Water
  • Ergonomics in the Dental Office
  • Your Posture
  • Repetition and Force
  • Muscle-Strengthening Exercises

Dental Assistant Module 6
Patient Information

  • The Patient Record
  • Patient Record Forms
  • Understanding Vital Signs
  • Temperature and Pulse
  • Respiration and Blood Pressure
  • Oral Examination and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Patient Charting
  • The Treatment Plan
  • Medically and Physically Compromised Patient
  • The Aging Population
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Drug Dosage and Forms
  • Preventing a Medical Emergency
  • Emergency Care Standards
  • Emergency Responses

Dental Assistant Module 7
Foundation of Clinical Dentistry

  • The Dental Office Environment
  • Care of Dental Equipment
  • Delivering Dental Care
  • Knowing Your Patients
  • Greeting and Seating the Patient
  • Team Dentistry Positioning
  • Expanded Functions of the Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hand Instruments
  • Evolution of Rotary Equipment
  • Dental Handpieces
  • Moisture Control
  • Oral Evacuation Systems
  • Anesthesia and Pain Control
  • Local Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia

Dental Assistant Module 8
Radiographic Imaging

  • Foundations of Radiography
  • Discovery of X-Radiation
  • Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Safety
  • Dental Film and Processing
  • Types of Film
  • Quality Assurance in the Dental Office
  • Intraoral Radiography
  • Full Mouth Survey
  • Radiographic Technique Errors
  • Panoramic Radiography
  • Extraoral Radiography

Dental Assistant Module 9
Dental Materials

  • Properties of Dental Materials
  • Tooth-Whitening Materials
  • Dental Liners and Sealers
  • Dental Bases and Bonding
  • Classification of Dental Cements
  • Cement Removal
  • Impression Materials
  • Impression Trays
  • Laboratory Materials and Procedures
  • Safety in the Dental Laboratory
  • Pouring Dental Models
  • Custom Impression Trays
  • Dental Waxes

Dental Assistant Module 10
Assisting in Comprehensive Dental Care, Part 1

  • Cavity Preparation
  • Permanent Restorations
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Matrix Systems for Restorative Dentistry
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Crown and Bridge Procedures
  • Types of Provisional Coverage
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Full (Complete) Denture
  • Types of Dental Implants
  • Endodontic Procedures
  • Overview of Root Canal Therapy
  • Surgical Endodontics

Dental Assistant Module 11
Assisting in Comprehensive Dental Care, Part 2

  • Periodontics
  • Periodontal Instruments
  • Nonsurgical and Surgical Periodontal Treatments
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Surgical Preparation and Procedures
  • Postoperative Care
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Preventive Dentistry for Children
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Prophylaxis Angle and Handpiece
  • Dental Sealants
  • Orthodontics
  • Headgear and Adjustment Visits

Dental Assistant Module 12
Dental Administration and Communication Skills

  • Communicating with Patients
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Phone Skills
  • Written Communication
  • Operating Procedures Manual
  • Record Keeping
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Inventory Management
  • Financial Management in the Dental Office
  • Preventive Account Management
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Marketing Your Skills
  • Locating Employment Opportunities
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Achieving Career Objectives

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

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Materials Included:

  • Modern Dental Assisting, by Doni L. Bird and Debbie S. Robinson

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)