Military Spouse: Get Dental Assisting Career Training

MyCAA-APPROVED HEALTHCARE PROGRAM

DENTAL ASSISTING

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting.

CERTIFICATION: DANB-RHS

PROGRAM COSTS: Varies

COURSE CONTACT HOURS: 750

PROGRAM DURATION: 6 Months

EXTERNSHIP AVAILABLE: Yes

The Dental Assisting Profession

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2018.

The Dental Assisting Program

The program prepares students for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. This course covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, introduction to tooth structure (primary and permanent teeth), the oral cavity; and other areas. *Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting
  • Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines
  • Introductory oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment
  • Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth
  • The oral cavity and related structures
  • Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas

Certification Opportunities

Detailed Course Information

  • The dental assisting profession and the history of Dental anatomy and physiology
  • Tooth charting, tooth surfaces, and classification of restorations on a tooth
  • Parts of the jaw and areas of the mouth
  • Oral health and preventions of dental disease
  • Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
  • Patient information and assessment
  • Foundation of clinical dentistry
  • Dental radiology
  • Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture, and full denture
  • Dental equipment, accessories and the treatment room
  • Dental hand pieces and accessories
  • Dental cements and impression materials
  • Coding of radiology services and the use of ICD-9-CM codes
  • Assisting in comprehensive dental care
  • Dental administration and communication skills

Education and Certifications

  • Dental assistants and aides should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) – Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, and the DANB – Infection Control Exam (ICE).
  • In many states, DANB-RHS certification is required to work in dental radiography.
  • In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.

Technical Requirements

WINDOWS USERS

  • Windows 7, XP or Vista
  • 56K modem or higher
  • Soundcard & Speakers
  • Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer

MAC OS USERS

  • Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode)
  • 56K modem or higher
  • Soundcard & Speakers
  • Apple Safari

SUPPORTED BROWSERS

System will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.

  • Windows Users: Firefox, Chrome, Explorer
  • Mac OS Users: Safari, Chrome, Firefox

SCREEN RESOLUTION

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels.

SUGGESTED PLUGINS

  • Flash Player
  • Real Player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Java

U.S. Department of Labor

Career Information

The information below provides helpful job information, statistics and projections for this program’s related career tracts.

Career Median Salary Job Openings Growth Rate
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $38,390 186,600 -1% to 1%

Description

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
Job Titles Include
Account Clerk, Accounting Assistant, Accounting Associate, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Specialist, Accounting Technician, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Payable Specialist, Accounts Payables Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk

Wages

Bottom 15% Median Salary Top 10%
United States $23,880 $38,390 $59,630

Employment

current employment 2016 projected job openings 2016 - 2026 projected growth 2016 - 2026
United States 1,731,000 186,600 -1% to 1%

typical tasks

  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information.
  • Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Code documents according to company procedures.
  • Perform financial calculations, such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity, and principal.
  • Reconcile or note and report discrepancies found in records.
  • Perform general office duties, such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence.
  • Access computerized financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts.
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers.
  • Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Match order forms with invoices, and record the necessary information.
  • Perform personal bookkeeping services.
  • Prepare and process payroll information.
  • Prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to banks.
New Accounts Clerks $34,990 4,000 -2% or lower

Description

Interview persons desiring to open accounts in financial institutions. Explain account services available to prospective customers and assist them in preparing applications.
Job Titles Include
Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Financial Services Representative, Loan Processor, Member Service Representative, New Accounts Representative, Personal Banker, Relationship Manager, Retail Banker, Retail Service Representative

Wages

Bottom 15% Median Salary Top 10%
United States $25,990 $34,990 $50,010

Employment

current employment 2016 projected job openings 2016 - 2026 projected growth 2016 - 2026
United States 42,000 4,000 -2% or lower

typical tasks

  • Answer customers' questions and explain available services, such as deposit accounts, bonds, and securities.
  • Compile information about new accounts, enter account information into computers, and file related forms or other documents.
  • Inform customers of procedures for applying for services, such as ATM cards, direct deposit of checks, and certificates of deposit.
  • Perform teller duties as required.
  • Refer customers to appropriate bank personnel to meet their financial needs.
  • Interview customers to obtain information needed for opening accounts or renting safe-deposit boxes.
  • Collect and record customer deposits and fees and issue receipts, using computers.
  • Investigate and correct errors upon customers' request, according to customer and bank records.
  • Execute wire transfers of funds.
  • Perform foreign currency transactions and sell traveler's checks.
  • Process loan applications.
  • Obtain credit records from reporting agencies.
  • Issue initial and replacement safe-deposit keys to customers, and admit customers to vaults.
  • Duplicate records for distribution to branch offices.
  • Schedule repairs for locks on safe-deposit boxes.

 

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-Aeisha, Hunter Army Air Field

Everything was very easy to do and got done rather quickly from start to finish.

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-Rita, NAS JRB Fort Worth

 

"I had someone there every step of the way. They walked me through what could have been a very stressful process. It put me on a path that started an epic journey."

-Kasey, Fort Riley

"Everything was easy and my advisor with The Major Group walked me through it all. This was my third time going to college and by far the least stressful enrollment process."

-Felicia, Ft. Campbell

"I loved the whole process. Everyone was very helpful and made sure that the program I wanted to join was something I wanted to do. It also helped me put my goals in place."

-Crystal, Fort Riley

"There was a lot of help along the way, which was great. It was smooth and everything went well."

-Elizabeth, Fort Gordon

"It was easy, simple, and quick. There was someone there every step of the way to help you fill out all the required documents. I would recommend to all military spouses who want to go to school, especially if you’re a stay-at-home spouse."

-Aeisha, Hunter Army Air Field

"Everything was very easy to do and got done rather quickly from start to finish."

-Anne, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"The enrollment process was quick and easy. Lots of help when needed."

-Rita, NAS JRB Fort Worth

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