Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Diploma Program

Dental Assistant StudentThe Dental Assistant Diploma Program at Dorsey Schools is designed to prepare each student to become a professional member of the dental healthcare team and provide dental care to patients under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to learn administrative dental office procedures, electronic health records, dental anatomy and physiology, terminology, dental materials, preventative oral care, two-handed and four-handed chairside assisting, radiography, sterilization, instrumentation, pharmacology, dental specialties and laboratory procedures. Completion of this program is designed to prepare students to challenge two components of a national certification exam. An externship component is included, which will allow students to assimilate knowledge used in the program into practical application.

The Dental Assistant Diploma Program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:

Dental Assistant Training

Dental Assistant LabTraining in this program includes:

  • Instruction on how to become a professional member of the dental health care team and provide dental care to patients under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
  • The opportunity to learn dental anatomy and physiology, terminology, preventative dentistry, two-handed and four-handed chairside assisting, radiography, sterilization, infection control, instrumentation, pharmacology and laboratory procedures.
  • Coverage of administrative dental office procedures, including controlled records management, effective appointment scheduling, communication skills, and a basic foundation of bookkeeping.
  • An externship component is included during the last module that will allow students to assimilate the knowledge acquired in the program into clinical practice.
  • Training includes radiography and follows the Michigan Dental Association radiography training program.

Dental Assistant Career Outlook

The dental assistant is a valuable member of a professional dental healthcare team. They typically have many tasks which can often include caring for the patient, taking X-rays, assisting the dentist during procedures and scheduling appointments, among other responsibilities. Positions in dental assisting may be found in a variety of dental practice settings that include solo and group practices, specialty practices, hospital dental practices, dental schools, and public health clinics.

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 4.4% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Dental Assistant Program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become a valued member of a dental healthcare team.

Dental Assistant Career Outlook Guide

Graduates from Dorsey Schools have been employed by:

  • Bright Smile
  • Detroit Dental Specialists
  • Great Expressions
  • Hoffman Dental Care
  • Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Inc.
  • Rosenberry Family Dental
  • …and more!

To learn more about the Dental Assistant Program at Dorsey Schools, call 888-422-1188 or contact us.

Dental Assistant FAQs

Want to learn more about…

  • What Dental Assistants Do
  • Becoming a Dental Assistant
  • The Dorsey Schools Dental Assistant Program

Check out our Dental Assistant FAQ page!

Dental Assistant Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures

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aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Dental Assistants (SOC Code: 31-9091), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

NOTE: The Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Health Professions and the Board of Dentistry, are responsible for the licensing of individuals who want to practice dentistry, dental hygiene and advanced levels of dental assisting. Students attending a course in dental assisting that is offered by a licensed proprietary school that is not accredited by the American Dental Association are not eligible for licensure by the State of Michigan. Dorsey Schools is classified as a licensed proprietary school and is not accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of this program are not eligible for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant. However, graduates of this program may challenge a certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. after completing 3,500 hours of dental work experience. Dorsey’s Dental Assistant Program includes the opportunity to sit for the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and the Infection Control (ICE) certification exams, which are two components of the Dental Assisting national Board (“DANB”) Certified Dental Assistant (“CDA”) exam. Graduates of this program may complete the third exam component necessary for DANB’s CDA credential, which is challenged after completing “a minimum of 3,500 hours’ work experience as a dental assistant, accrued over a period of at least two years (24 months, if employed fulltime) to a maximum of four years (48 months, if employed part-time) which employment must be verified by a licensed dentist.”