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Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$25,460 to $52,0001
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
36 weeks

While Virginia College specializes in training all of our students for high-demand jobs, the Dental Assistant diploma program is especially exciting because dental assisting jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 18% between 2014 and 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Your Career in Dental Assisting Starts Here

Our Dental Assistant diploma program can provide you with the relevant training, knowledge and skills you'll need to assist dentists with patient care. The program is designed to help graduates become well-rounded members of the dental team — in the exam room and at the receptionist desk. Other features of this program include:

  • An externship for practical work experience before graduation
  • Job placement assistance

And, with this program, you'll be able to enter the job market in as little as nine months after completing school!

What Dental Assistants Do

The duties of a dental assistant are diverse, designed to support the dentist and include performing a range of daily activities such as:

  • Caring for patients in the treatment room
  • Taking impressions of patients' teeth
  • Demonstrating preventive dentistry to patients
  • Assisting with oral surgery
  • Performing oral evacuations
  • Infection control and sterilization

Dental assistants often perform administrative duties to help maintain an efficient, productive dental office. Your training will include classes in dental office procedures such as taking inventory, managing patient records and communicating verbally and through written correspondence.

Get Training for Dental Assistant Jobs

Qualified graduates from this program may be eligible to complete the mandatory Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) short course approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). This course includes certification to perform radiologic procedures. Upon successful completion of TSBDE-approved RDA short course and registration process, graduates will be qualified to take x-rays in a dentist's office. Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see the campus course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available at your campus location.

You'll Get Hands-on Experience

An 11-week externship is part of this Dental Assistant curriculum. You'll be supervised by a dentist or other dental professional and learn in a real workplace setting while getting on-the-job training.

Getting Dental Assisting Jobs after Graduation

Virginia College graduates not only develop the skills to do the job, but also the skills to get the job. Our Career Development Department helps with career planning and placement assistance throughout your time at Virginia College. This team can help you generate job leads, prepare your for interviews, review your resume and more.

Get Started Today!

Learn more about this rewarding career and how the Dental Assistant diploma program at Virginia College can help launch it! Complete the Request More Information form today.

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1 The median annual wage for dental assistants was $36,940 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $52,000. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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