Dental Assistant Training at Altierus Career College
Dental assistants are educated to perform chairside assisting procedures, and related office and laboratory tasks under the direction and supervision of a licensed dentist.
The variety of tasks you learn may allow you to be challenged by diverse responsibilities in the delivery of dental care.
As part of the Dental Assistant diploma program,* you will gain knowledge of the basic dental sciences, proficiency in laboratory and clinical skills, and practical experience involving specialized dental practices.
Hands-on dental assistant training includes a study of:
- Dental Office Emergencies
- Dental Radiography
- Dental Specialties
- Operatory Dentistry
- Laboratory Procedures
- Dental Anatomy and Orthodontics
- Dental Assistant Externship
You can obtain hands-on experience in a laboratory setting using equipment such as amalgamators, dental chairs, model trimmers, oral evacuation equipment, oxygen tanks, personal computers, ultrasonic units, digital x-ray equipment and Dentrix (front office software).
Duties of a dental assistant may include chairside assisting and basic dental procedures, such as preparing, passing and receiving instruments and materials for use by the dentist; cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments; providing education to patients about good dental health; and performing preventive procedures, x-rays and taking impressions.
Altierus is a non-profit, higher educational school system with 21 campuses in 11 states, operated as Altierus Career College or Career Education. And being a student here is different. Because we don't see you as just a student. We see you as an individual within our community with your own reasons for being here. At Altierus, we're like family, one that helps you find the career path that's right for you and guides you to become a professional in as little as 10 months.