Looking for Dental Assistant career training from an institutionally accredited school?
Ross has Dental Assistant Training Programs in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. With an expanding healthcare industry, the need for trained workers continues to grow as well. The national employment rates for Dental Assistants are projected to increase by 25% from 2012 to 2022.*
Dental Assistant Program Overview
The Ross Medical Education Center Dental Assistant program can be completed in just 36 weeks on the 4 days per week schedule or in 30 weeks on the 5 days per week schedule. Instructors with experience in the field provide instruction to students on many necessary skills including radiograph processing, preparing and disposing of anesthetic, taking and recording vital signs, and taking impressions. Additionally, students are presented with important terminology and basic administrative tasks such as preparing a new patient chart, filing medical records, scheduling appointments, and completing dental insurance claim forms. Once students successfully complete the program, they should be prepared to seek entry-level positions as Dental Assistants, Dental Receptionists, Dental Insurance Clerks, Dental Supply Salespeople, and/or Administrative Assistants.
Dental Assistant students are given practical, hands-on instruction in areas such as:
- Chair-side assisting duties and responsibilities
- Taking impressions and constructing study and master casts
- Operatory disinfection, instrument decontamination, and sterilization techniques
- Preparation and disposal of local anesthetic
- Processing radiographs
- Taking and recording vital signs
- The role OSHA plays in operation of the dental office
- The use of dental specialties instrumentation
- Performing basic administrative tasks
- Completing dental insurance claim forms
In addition to the core Dental Assistant training, Ross Medical Education Center goes a step above and provides instruction in networking techniques, tools to write a professional resume, and interview strategies.
Dental Assistant Externships
Ross Medical Education Center requires diploma/certificate program students to complete a practical externship in order to graduate. The externship is crucial to the learning experience for every Ross student, giving them a chance to apply what they have been given instruction on in the classroom to a real world setting.
The externship also provides employers an opportunity to assess students’ skills prior to hiring entry-level allied health professionals.
In addition, unlike some other schools, Ross does not schedule or require any waiting period for externships as part of the curriculum! This is another example of our commitment to students’ success.
Certification for Dental Assistant Graduates
Gaining certification in your chosen field is important to potential employers. Employers seek to hire the best and most qualified candidates. Due to this, becoming certified gives evidence that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful. Securing a certification in your field can be an indicator of a dedication to your field and high standards of patient care.
Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College in Sylvania understand the importance of certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers reimbursement to graduates that take the Infection Control (ICE) Exam* and the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam* through Dental Assisting National Board. (*Non-Ohio campuses only. For Ohio campuses, there is the Ohio Dental Assistants Certification Exam (CODA) by The Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification)
Licensure & Accreditation
All Ross Medical Education Center campuses and Ross College in Sylvania, OH are
institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Ross Campuses that offer the Dental Assistant Program
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Brighton, MI
- Canton, MI
- Charleston, WV
- Cincinnati, OH
- Davison, MI
- Dayton, OH
- Erlanger, KY
- Evansville, IN
- Flint, MI
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Kentwood, MI (Grand Rapids area)
- Granger, IN
Career Opportunities for Dental Assistants
Dental Assistant positions are available in many job markets nationwide. The highest qualified candidates experience the greatest demand. As a Ross Graduate, you may find that the skills prioritized in class are sought after by employers. Your investment in a Dental Assistant program may provide career opportunities both now and in the future.
Becoming a Dental Assistant could be an excellent investment towards your career goals. As the dental industry is evolving, dentists may hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they are able to devote their time to more complex procedures.
Working in a dental office draws on a number of skill sets. These skills include dental duties as well as administrative work and maintaining an organizational system for the clinic. Job roles can vary from practice to practice, demanding workers that are able to adapt and grow. This important support role requires a number of different skills.
Dental Assistants may find career opportunities in a variety of dentists’ offices, with specialties ranging from general dentistry to orthodontics, among many others.
Dental Assistant Job Responsibilities
Dental Assistants are cross-trained to be able to perform both administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of facilities. The specific tasks required can vary significantly from one facility to the next depending on the size, speciality, and location of the practice.
Administrative Tasks as a Dental Assistant
Dental Assistants’ administrative duties begin with tasks typical of any office and build on a dental foundation to provide the edge in a competitive job market. These tasks may include scheduling appointments, preparing a new patient chart, completing dental claim forms, and filing medical records.
Clinical Tasks as a Dental Assistant
Dental Assistants’ clinical duties may vary according to state law. These duties may include processing radiographs, mounting radiographs, preparing and disposing of local anesthetic, taking and recording vital signs, decontaminating and sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, aspirating a patient, and various other dental assisting tasks.
Ross does not guarantee employment.
*Source as of 01/08/2014: US Dept. of Labor Statistic Occupational Outlook Handbook