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Dental Assisting

The first step to be accepted into this program is to complete the college application.

What is Dental Assisting?

A dental assistant greatly increases the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you

The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Although state regulations vary, responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures.
  • Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays).
  • Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment.
  • Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental. treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling).
  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).
  • Communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies).
  • Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
The Program

The Dental Assisting Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in the dental assisting field of dentistry. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a dental assistant, lab technician, sterilization technician, or dental office receptionist.

After completing an associate program in dental assisting, graduates would possess a variety of skills to assist them in their professions. Some of these skills include: administrative skills, recording medical histories, taking x-rays, providing chairside assistance and are able to use the different types of dental instruments and materials.

Accreditation
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is approved by the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama. The Certifying Board of the American Dental Association gives special recognition to those who have achieved a high degree of competence and ability in the dental assisting field. The Dental Assisting Program is designed to prepare the student for a career in the dental assisting field of dentistry. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a dental assistant, lab technician, sterilization technician, or dental office receptionist.
 
Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611 Phone (800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-4653 https://www.ada.org/en/coda

Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama
2229 Rocky Ridge Road Birmingham, AL 35216 Phone (205) 985-7267 Fax (205) 823-9006 https://www.dentalboard.org/

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition & Fee Schedule

You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule

Important Dates

Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.

ACCUPLACER Testing

The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.

Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for dental assistants was $38,660 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,800. Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Survey

Contact Us

Program Contact

Kimberly White
Program Coordinator/Instructor
334-420-4427
kwhite@trenholmstate.edu

Location

Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108