Dental Assisting

Offered By Meditec and Texas A&M Kingsville

Prepare for a career as an entry-level dental assistant and take the first steps towards professional certification. Get started today!

PROGRAM DURATION:
750 hours/12 months
CERTIFICATIONS:
DANB RHS
COST:
$3,695

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Program Overview

With this program, you'll prepare yourself for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. We'll familiarize you with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting and focus on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice.

You'll learn the history and legal aspects of dentistry, become familiar with how dental offices do business, and discover oral anatomy, tooth structure, and more.

We'll provide a voucher for the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). This exam is the first step towards professional certification.

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Program Comparison

  Meditec College Other Online Schools
Program & Tuition Cost $3500 Average Up to $20,000 Average $3,000
Exams Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Program Completion Time 3-6 months 24-48 months 3-6 months
Tailored Content and Exams Interactive and engaging learning methods to prepare you for your career Resource Library N/A
Schedule/Flexibility 100% online and available 24/7 Set Schedule 100% online and available 24/7
Student Support Student and Peer Support - Text, Call, Email Scheduled Office Hours Support Email

Program Details

In this self-paced online course, you'll discover the equipment and materials used by dental assistants and become familiar with dental office procedures and operations.

You'll also learn best practices in three critical areas: chairside dental assisting, infectious disease control in a dental office, and radiographic imaging with an emphasis on health and safety.

At the end of the course, you'll be ready to take DANB's RHS exam, using the voucher we'll provide for exam registration. You can also choose to take DANB's Infection Control Exam (ICE). The RHS and ICE exams have no eligibility or experience requirements, and passing these exams is a good way to prove your competencies to professional employers as you're starting out.

These exams are also the first steps towards earning DANB National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) or Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, both of which are valuable credentials for career advancement.

Please note, although this program meets employment requirements in most states, some states require applicants to have CDA certification, which requires additional education, experience, and exams. Please check the requirements where you live.

Once you've earned a grade of 85% or better on at least 50 hours of your coursework, you have the option of a 40-hour unpaid clinical externship with a local healthcare provider. You must pass a background check and a drug screen to be eligible, and depending on the requirements of your externship site, you may need to show proof of immunization, 2-step TB test, flu shot, and CPR certification. You're responsible for any additional fees for this process.

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