Our program, which includes 150 externship hours at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and surrounding dental businesses, will thoroughly prepare each individual to enter the dental field. The program is designed to provide the clinical and administrative skills necessary to enter the dental field or become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Students will complete the dental assisting program in nine (9) months. During the program, students will study dental anatomy, preventative dentistry, radiology, and more. Our goal is to challenge each student to be the most well-rounded candidate possible.
The Dental Assisting program prepares students to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT) as well as the Dental Assistant Radiographer exam through the Ohio State Dental Board.
Planning a Career in Dentistry
A career as a dental assistant comes with some unexpected benefits. The versatile work environment will be filled with new challenges on a daily basis, including maintaining patient records and assisting the dentist during procedures and examinations. This keeps every day interesting and continues the education process while working with dentists, surgeons, and other professionals. In combination with the hands-on learning, the rewarding feeling of helping others is an advantage that keeps employees motivated. Furthermore, this role is often the start of a lengthy career that includes promotions and job growth.
Explore the application process to find out how to get started on your next career path.
What You’ll Learn
- Preventative Dentistry
- Basic Chair-side Procedures
- Specialty Chair-side Procedures
- Basic Laboratory Skills
- Advanced Laboratory Skills
- First Aid/CPR
- Dental Office Procedures
- Job Development
Check out full curriculum here
- Registered Dental Assistant - American Medical Technologist
- Dental Assistant Radiographer - Ohio State Dental Board
- Healthcare Provider Certification (CPR/AED) - American Heart Association
- OSHA - Bloodborne Pathogens
- National Career Readiness - ACT
Cost Per Clock Hour - $13.32
* Costs are subject to change for 2023-24 school year.
All necessary technology is provided to students in each classroom and lab during normal class hours. Students who wish to access school email or Canvas (our learning management system) outside of normal class hours will need access to the internet and a personal device.