Get the Skills to Be a Professional Dental Assistant
10.5 Month* Hands-On Dental Assistant Program in Grand Junction
It’s generally believed that we only get one chance to make a good first impression. A person’s smile will often define how they are perceived long after that first encounter.
In fact, about 45% of survey participants agree that a smile is the most attractive feature, regardless of 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 making 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 with our 10.5-month* Dental Assistant training program.
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What Does a Dental Assistant Do?
Dental Assistants perform tasks that range from patient care and taking x-rays to record keeping 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.
Dental Assistant Job Opportunities
- Dental offices & hospital clinics
- Dental laboratories
- Dental equipment & product sales
- Dental insurance companies
- Dental educators
- and more!
I have been able to develop skills I never knew I would be capable of achieving. I actually want and am excited for my future.
Is a Career as a Dental Professional Right for You? Take the IntelliTec 'Dental Professional Career Training Readiness Quiz'
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Dental Assistant Salary Potential
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 on the O*NET website. National figures for labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can also visit the campus career services department to learn where IntelliTec College graduates work and the beginning salaries in their respective careers.
How 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.
When Do Dental Assistants Usually Work?
Most dental assistants work full time. Some may work evenings or weekends.
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Dental Assistant Program
Graduates will have developed skills in a hands-on learning environment to function effectively as an integral member of a dental health team. Graduates will be prepared to function as an entry level dental assistant, and assume the responsibilities of performing chairside assisting procedures, maintaining and supplying clinical areas, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient charts and records, producing dental radiographs of diagnostic quality, as well as positioning and preparing patients for treatment or surgery. The graduate will be prepared to sit for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) exam.
Program length: 10.5 Months*
Credit hours: 54
Credentialing Information: National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA – DANB)
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.
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.
Here’s what will you learn in the Dental Assistant program:
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.
Dental Industry Certifications
Students may receive the opportunity to sit for the following certifications:
- National Entry Level Dental Assistant Exam through the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB)
- Infection Control
- Anatomy & Physiology
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.
Is Hands-On Training for a Career as a Dental Assistant Right for You?
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If you’re interested in exploring whether IntelliTec College’s educational training programs for career opportunities in that field are right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.
A helpful IntelliTec College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.
*Program length when completed in normal time.