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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Training Program

Become a Dental Assistant and Make Someone Smile!
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It’s generally believed we only have one chance to make a first impression. A person’s smile can often define how we are perceived and how we view others.

In fact, about 45% of survey participants agree a smile is the most attractive feature, no matter their age. A new study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) finds that a great smile can be our strongest asset and goes a long way in nailing an incredible first impression.

If your goal is to help provide a winning smile and healthy teeth for dental patients, let us provide the education and skills to attain that goal.

Our Dental Assistant program is offered in:

 

Program Overview

Dental Assistant Certificate

  • Locations:
  • Program Length: 9 Months
  • Career Training begins: May 20th

Classes Start May 20th

Get started on your new career today!

Admissions Requirements

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What will I learn?

Dental Assistant Certificate

Graduates will have developed skills in a hands-on learning environment to function effectively as an integral member of a dental health team.

Some of the courses you will take:
DT-100 Dental Office Administration
DT-112 Science of Dentistry
DT-200 Dental Radiography
DT-220 Dental Chairside Assisting
DT-221 Dental Specialties Procedures and Materials

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Skills and Training

How will IntelliTec College prepare me for my Dental Assistant Career?

Skills students learn in the classroom and in our modern clinical setting during practical laboratory hours include:

  • Chairside assisting including patient positioning, instrument usage, and anesthetics
  • Office administration including billing and coding, dental charting, and management software
  • Dental radiography practices of processing, mounting and safety procedures
  • Specialized applications such as periodontics, implants, and pharmacology
  • Recognition of dental materials such as composites, amalgam and bases and liners

Additionally, dental assistant students gain experience by providing dental services to the community in Grand Junction. Call (970) 245-8101 between Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to schedule an appointment today.

Dental services include:

  • Coronal Polishes
  • Impression for Mouth Guards
  • Impression for Bleach Trays
  • Full Mouth & Panoramic X-rays
  • Jewel bonding

Some services may incur a fee. Please ask about the cost of your service when you set your appointment time.

EXTERNSHIPS

The Dental Assistant Certificate Program includes an externship at an approved outside facility to provide the student with supervised on-the-job training and the opportunity to practice skills learned throughout the program and gain specialized knowledge of individual skills.

CERTIFICATIONS

Students may receive the opportunity to sit for the following certifications:

  • National Entry Level Dental Assistant Exam through Dental Assistant National Board (DANB)
  • Infection Control
  • Radiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology

AFTER GRADUATION

Your training at IntelliTec College will prepare you for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. Please note that 3500 hours of general chairside office training is required before taking the exam.

 

Dental Assistant Program Gainful Employment Disclosures: Grand Junction

Careers

What does a Dental Assistant do?

Dental Assistants perform tasks that range from patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Some duties vary by state and by the dentist’s offices where they work. Typically, assistants may prepare patients and work areas for treatments, help dentists handle instruments, and instruct patients on oral hygiene.

What are the job opportunities in this field?

  • Dental offices & hospital clinics
  • Dental laboratories
  • Dental equipment & product sales
  • Dental insurance companies
  • Dental educators

What is the salary potential in this career?

IntelliTec College provides career-training programs for entry-level positions. Salaries vary depending on geographic location, economic conditions, and willingness to relocate. Salaries by occupation and specific location can be found at www.onetonline.org. National figures for labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy are available at www.bls.gov/ooh/ or visit the campus career services department to learn where IntelliTec graduates work and the beginning salaries in their respective careers.

What is the job outlook for the next 10 years?

According to the US Department of Labor, job opportunities are expected to be good with ongoing research linking oral health and general health increasing the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and to spend their time on more complex procedures.

What are the typical working hours for this career?

Most dental assistants work full time; however, nearly 1 in 3 assistants worked part time in 2014. Some may work evenings or weekends.

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