What are the requirements for enrollment?
One of the many questions asked about the Odessa Dental Assistant School. The first requirement for Odessa Dental Assistant School is to present proof of secondary education. This will include one of the following (high school diploma, college transcripts, or GED certification).The next requirement is that your at least 18 years old. If you’re under 18 you must get written permission from your parent or legal guardian. The final requirement is to meet with an admissions representative to tour the school and fill out paperwork.
Shorter vs. Longer Programs
How can the class be only 12 weeks?
We are a hands-on program. This differs a bit from traditional dental assistant schools. The unique aspect of our school is that it takes place in the office of Kids Dental. The core of your training will be hands-on. The beginning of the class starts with a class discussion over important concepts. After lecture/discussion you will put to use what you have learned in the treatment rooms. In the lab you will take impression, pour up models, make bleaching trays, and practicing chair-side assisting. When you finish our school and begin working, you will feel comfortable in the office since this is the environment that you were trained in.
How can a short course be as effective as a longer program?
Its not the amount of time that you spend in class, but rather the time spent practicing dentistry that maters. Longer programs sometimes spend zero amount of time in class practicing hands-on Dental Assisting. We take a different approach. As a newly hired Dental Assistant, your Dentist will expect that you will know how to make a temporary crown, take a digital radiograph, take and pour up a dental impression. We base our training on these fundemental skills. We have a custom curriculum designed by a Dentist that will set you up for success.
Will I be more qualified if I go to school for longer?
No. When you graduate from a dental assistant school you will receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if I can make more money if I went to a longer school. The answer to that question is a big no.The staring salary for Dental Assistants does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how large your student loans are. All Dental Assistants in Texas get their registered dental certificate from the state of Texas and the school is approved by the Texas Work Force Commission. The cost of the RDA test is included in the price of our tuition. The state awards your RDA license and we will help you get one.
“Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”– According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
What are the job prospects after completion of this course?
As long as there are dentists, there will continue to be a need for qualified dental assistants. There are many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants. Our program includes a 40-hour externship where students will get a their first bit of experience.
What will be my earning capacity as a Dental Assistant?
The mean annual wage for dental assistants was $17.76/hour or $36,940/year reported in 2017 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Will I be eligible for benefits with my employer?
Each employer is different. Some dental offices have benefits and some don’t.
What is the Job Description of a Dental Assistant?
Dental assistants perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to assisting the dentist, setting up equipment, preparing patients for treatment and keeping records.
Dental assistants may prepare materials for impressions and restorations, take x-rays, make bleach trays, apply topical anesthetics to gums, and place dental dams to isolate teeth for treatment.
Assistants are responsible for making patients feel comfortable in the dental chair and preparing 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 post-operative and general oral healthcare.
Dental assistants with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances and make temporary crowns. Those with included office duties may schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records and order dental supplies and materials.
Dental assistants work closely with and under the supervision of dentists. Additionally, dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform a different set of clinical tasks.