Dentrix® Practice Management Software is award-winning office software used by dental practices across the United States. Dorsey Schools is pleased to announce that beginning this March this software is now available to our Dental Assisting students at the Dearborn and Roseville campuses.
The Dentrix® software that Dorsey students will have access to include practice management software for dental offices, patient education software, computer-based training software, and other products that are designed to enhance the dental office experience. Dental Assistant students at Dorsey Schools will continue to have access to the Patterson EagleSoft program for imaging in addition to the components of the Dentrix® software. By using the Dentrix® software, students can learn how to send claims to insurance companies, in addition to the printing and mailing of patient statements.
Along with the opportunity to learn how to operate this innovative software suite, Dental Assistant students at Dorsey Schools study dental anatomy and physiology, terminology, preventative dentistry, two-handed and four-handed chairside assisting, radiography, sterilization, infection control, instrumentation, pharmacology and laboratory procedures. In addition, there is an externship component that gives students to assimilate the knowledge that they acquire from the program into clinical practice.
Upon completion of the Dental Assistant Program, students will have been exposed to the skills needed to work in a dental office. There has never been a better time to train as a dental assistant, as the large baby-boom population ages, and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental assistants. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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 full-time) to a maximum of four years (48 months, if employed part-time) which employment must be verified by a licensed dentist.”
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