FAQ’s

Dental Assistant Students FAQ’s

What is the demand for the Dental Assistant position? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Dental Assistant jobs is projected to increase by 42% in the next three years.

What is the earning potential of a Dental Assistant ? Earnings for the Dental Assistant are variable based upon several factors; the location, type of practice or specialty, practice workload or production.  Registered Dental Assistants may earn up to $20 – $25 per hour.  These earnings may increase as a result of skills and additional experience or training.

I’m considering several potential employment or career paths. Why should I consider Dental Assistant? Careful consideration is very appropriate when it comes to a career commitment and training.  The Dental Assistant position can be a very successful career and/or a step toward other positions within the dental profession.  There is a significant number of Dental Assistants that have been enjoying their career for 20+ years.  It is a very rewarding position that is a very significant part of a great working environment that provides care, services and comfort to patients.

I have no experience in the health care industry, will your course prepare me to become a Registered Dental Assistant? Absolutely.  Our course is designed specifically to train inexperienced, committed individuals to become very qualified candidates as entry level Dental Assistants.  All areas of Dental Assisting required for the State Board of Dental Examiners, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) are covered in this course.

How long is the course? This course is completed in 11 consecutive Saturdays totaling 88 hours of lecture and hands-on laboratory in an actual dental practice.

Do Dental Assistants require any kind of registration or certification?  Dental Assistants are required to register with the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) within the first year on the job, if they are taking X-rays.  This registration is called Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).  Upon registration the assistant may add the RDA credential after their name. There is also a National certification for Dental Assistants.  This certification is the responsibility of the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB).  DANB certification, Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is very similar to the SBDE registration and it is nationally recognized, but not necessarily required.  Dental Assistants with CDA certification may add the CDA credential after their name.  The CDA certification is a sought after certification by Dental Assistants, as it indicates an advanced level of certification.  To qualify for the CDA examination the Dental Assistant must have at least 2500 hours of certifiable field experience.