The Dental Assisting accredited program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s dental offices.The Dental Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Nature of the Work
Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties.They sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain and update patients’ dental records.Assistants make patients comfortable in the dental chair and prepare them for treatment. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance.They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction hoses or other devices.They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral healthcare.
Dental assistants held about 318,800 jobs in 2014.About 93 percent of all jobs for dental assistants were in offices of dentists. A small number of jobs were in the Federal, State, and local governments or in offices of physicians.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and to spend their time on more complex procedures. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed. 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 care. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. People with new or expanded dental insurance coverage will be more likely to visit a dentist than in the past. This will increase the demand for all dental services, including those performed by dental assistants.
The median annual wage for dental assistants was $36,940 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $52,000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm
Albany Technical College’s Dental Assisting Program adheres to ADA, CDC, and OSHA regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens and infection control. A copy of the ATC Exposure Control Plan is available for review upon request at the reception desk.
|ENGL 1010||Fundamentals of English I|
|MATH 1012||Foundations of Mathematics|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology|
|COMP 1000||Introduction to Computers||3|
|ALHS 1040||Introduction to Health Care|
Basic Human Biology
|DENA 1050||Microbiology and Infection Control|
|DENA 1080||Dental Biology|
|DENA 1340||Dental Assisting I: General Chairside|
|DENA 1030||Preventive Dentistry|
|DENA 1070||Oral Pathology and Therapeutic|
|DENA 1350||DentAss II: Dental Spec& EFDA|
|DENA 1390||Dental Radiology|
|DENA 1400||Dental Practice Management|
|DENA 1090||Dental Assisting National Board Examination Preparation|
|DENA 1460||Dental Practicum I|
|DENA 1470||Dental Practicum II|
|DENA 1480||Dental Practicum III|
*All program information subject to change without notice.