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Dental Assisting is projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in the United States through 2026. There is high demand for caring, knowledgeable, and professional individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of patients – while pursuing an exciting career in healthcare. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in delivery of quality, oral healthcare.
Dental Assistant responsibilities include assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, and performing office management tasks. Working under the direction of a Dentist, assistants may perform a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application, and topical anesthetic application. The Dental Assistant program covers a comprehensive range of knowledge domains, topics, objectives, and tasks that a practicing Dental Assistant could perform. However, it is important to note that each state regulates the scope of practice for Dental Assistants within that specific state.
Upon successful completion of programmatic coursework, graduates will have met the training requirements and been prepared to sit for the three components of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification. The NELDA consists of three component exams: the Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology (AMP) exam, Infection Control (ICE) exam, and Radiation Health Safety (RHS) exam. Detailed and up-to-date information for each state can be found at www.danb.org.