Credits Required for Graduation: 33.00
Dental assistants work with dentists as patients are examined and treated. Dental assistants who can document training in expanded functions may be delegated by the dentist to perform those functions on patients. In addition, they may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical and office duties. Some dental assistants manage the dental office and are responsible for bookkeeping and scheduling patients.
Most dental assistants work in private dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. Dental assistants may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans' Administration, United States Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county or city health facility.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation accredits the Dental Assistant program. The graduate of the Dental Assistant program is eligible to write the certification examination of the Dental Assisting National Board.