Career Training Programs
Dental Office Assistant
Blackstone’s Dental Office Assistant Career Training Program teaches you how to run a dental office. You will gain hands‐on practice in coordinating patient schedules and completing critical office work. Graduates of Blackstone’s Dental Office Assistant program are eligible to seek certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) after working full‐time for two years or part‐time for four years as a dental office assistant and obtaining certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
- Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
- Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.
After completing the Dental Office Assistant Career Training Program, students will be able to:
- To define and explain different learning styles and learning strategies.
- To identify the parts of a computer and explain how technology is used in the office.
- To identify the parts of speech, the parts of sentences, and sentence type.
- To demonstrate correct English usage by choosing the correct part of speech in a sentence.
- To evaluate written communications to identify problems and suggest solutions.
- To describe the duties of a dental office assistant.
- To identify the correct way to schedule appointments, interact with patients over the telephone, interact with patients in the reception area, order supplies, file documents and records, and manage accounts receivable and payable in the dental office.
- To identify and define dental nomenclature and related terminology.
- To chart the oral cavity.
Why Become an Administrative Dental Assistant?
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, administrative dental assistant career prospects should be excellent. Employment growth will account for the majority of job openings along with the need to replace dental assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons.
In choosing to work in an administrative dental assistant career, your job will encompass all of the business aspects related to running a dental practice. Some of the duties of the dental office assistant may include scheduling and confirming appointments, greeting patients, managing patient files, sending bills, receiving payments, and ordering office supplies and dental materials. With on-the-job training, those in an administrative dental assistant career may also assist in chairside duties such as preparing patients for treatment, obtaining dental records, sterilizing instruments, and preparing trays of instruments for dental procedures.
Factors such as growth of the population and advancements in dental services causing people to keep their natural teeth longer will contribute to growth of the administrative dental assistant career. Younger dentists, who will be more likely to utilize assistants in their practices, will replace retiring dentists, which will also create more job opportunities. For many in an administrative dental assistant career, this entry level position provides experience and training which often leads to more highly skilled and higher paying jobs.
What You Can Earn in an Administrative Dental Assistant Career
As with many careers, the earning potential of those in an administrative dental assistant career varies depending on factors such as experience, skills, and geographic location. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental office assistants earned up to $47,090 in 2010. Median salaries measured at $33,470 for the same year. Benefits vary and depend on whether the dental office assistant is part-time or full-time.
Our accredited online Dental Office Assistant Career Training Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a Dental Assistant in a dental office, clinic or hospital. This programs practical lessons present basic knowledge of medical and dental terminology and the skills needed to perform office procedures including:
- Managing routine tasks in the front office
- Scheduling and receiving patients
- Organizing and managing dental records
- Completing dental claim forms
- Handling billing and collection procedures
- Transcribing Medical documents
Complete our Dental Office Assistant Career Training Program online – anytime, anywhere. Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for success:
- Comprehensive textbook and study guide materials
- 24/7 access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
- Dedicated academic and customer support
- Additional online content and resources via Blackstone’s social media
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