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Online Clinical Dental Assistant Training

Dental assistants play a valuable role in any dental care team, often handling a variety of tasks from assisting with treatment procedures to administrative duties. This 100% online course will help you gain the technical skills you need to join a dental office as a clinical dental assistant. Through interactive lessons, you will also prepare for the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam.


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Clinical Dental Assistant FAQs

What does a clinical dental assistant do?
Clinical dental assistant jobs vary based on the dental office and the state your work in. Typical duties include preparing patients for treatment, sterilizing tools, instructing on proper dental hygiene, passing instruments to the dentist during procedures, keeping records of treatments, scheduling appointments and processing x-rays.

How long will it take to become a clinical dentist assistant? 
Most clinical dental assistant training programs can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you will spend working in an externship or similar position to gain experience in the field. It also does not include the required two years of work experience you will need to become certified.

What are the requirements to become a certified dental assistant?
To become a Certified Dental Assistant, you will need to pass the three components of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification Exam and meet the Board’s work experience requirements. You will need to pass the Radiation Health and Safety, Infection Control, and General Chairside components of the DANB Certification Exam as well as complete at least two years of work experience (or a minimum of 3,500 hours accrued over a two to four year period).

What kind of hours do clinical dental assistants work?
Most dental assistants work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week, however there are some dental assistants that work part-time. Many of the hours will be worked during the day, but depending on your dental office, you may be asked to work some evenings or weekends.

Where do clinical assistants work?
Almost all clinical dental assistants work in dental offices under the supervision of dentists, though some may find employment with the government or in physicians’ offices. Dental assistants work very closely with dental hygienists. In this position, you will be on your feet for large portions of the day and wear surgical masks, safety goggles, gloves, and protective clothing to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Is a clinical dental assistant the same as a dental hygienist?
No, a dental assistant and a dental hygienist are not the same. A dental assistant directly supports a dentist with small, supervised jobs performed on patients’ teeth and administrative tasks in the office. A dental hygienist will work one-on-one with patients with less supervision. A dental assistant can practice after earning a dental assistant training certificate while a dental hygienist must obtain an associate degree in dental hygiene at minimum.

Online Clinical Dental Assistant Training

Schedule: You will have 6 months of access to this self-paced course. Start anytime. 
Prerequisites and Requirements: There are no prerequisites prior to take this course.

Course Objectives:

  • Prepare for the Radiology and Infection Control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board
  • Identify of teeth and their functions, as well as the anatomy of the head and neck
  • Sterilization and disinfection techniques and infection prevention
  • Completing patient charting and take vital signs

Location: Online
Tuition: $1,995.00
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Clinical Dental Assistant - Employment and Education

Dental assistants provide patient care, take x rays, keep records, and schedule appointments. Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will lead to continued increases in the demand for preventive dental services.

Job Stats
  • Job Outlook: 7% (Faster than average)
  • Number of Jobs, 2019: 354,600
  • Median Pay: $41,180 per year 

Source: May 2021