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 Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor 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.
Administrative Dental Assistant Career Opportunities
While the majority of those in an administrative dental assistant career work in dental offices, including solo and group practices, others will find employment in managed care facilities and specialty practices working for periodontists, orthodontists, or oral surgeons. With additional education and training, employees in an administrative dental assistant career can move into positions such as office managers, dental-assisting instructors, or dental product sales representatives. Some dental assistants seek certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Graduates of Blackstone’s Dental Office Assistant program are eligible for this exam after working full-time for two years or part-time for four years as a dental assistant and obtaining certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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.
Service-oriented positions in the medical field continue to provide about half of the employment opportunities in the United States. People of all ages and men as well as women can train to become a medical office assistant. Rapid growth in the number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will result in an increasing need of educated medical office assistants. In fact, employment for the medical office assistant profession is expected grow much faster than the average – 31 percent or more – for all occupations through the year 2020.
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:
Blackstone Administrative Dental Assistant Program Study Guides
Sixteen separate units designed by Blackstone Career Institute will guide you through the Administrative Dental Assistant program. These study units are broken into smaller sections, which will allow you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.
The Administrative Dental Assistant -by Linda J. Gaylor, Saunders/Elsevier
This comprehensive e-book-the core of the Administrative Dental Assistant program takes readers through the latest information on operating a dental office, preparing them for the various tasks an administrative dental assistant encounters. Up-to-date CDT-5 Dental Codes, new HIPAA and OSHA guidelines, and examples of forms used in a dental office are included. The companion Online Simulation Tool allows you to practice administrative procedures such as entering patient data, posting payments and scheduling appointments.
With your e-book, The Administrative Dental Assistant, you will also gain access to additional administrative dental assistant program study materials and resources, including:
- Crossword puzzles to test your knowledge of key terms and concepts
- WebLinks with access to hundreds of online resources related to your studies
Mosby’s Dental Dictionary, by Mosby/Elsevier
This invaluable online reference will give you more than 10,000 terms and 300 full-color illustrations. Definitions include all areas of dentistry, terms related to office management, and commonly used medical terms. Designed for the entire dental team, this dictionary includes extensive appendices for quick, easy-to-use access to information utilized daily in the clinical setting-a valuable reference for your Administrative Dental Assistant Program and beyond!
Blackstone’ s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor
Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.
Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.
In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:
Testing Throughout the Course
Eighteen multiple-choice exams assist us in assessing your understanding of the concepts taught throughout the Dental Office Assistant program. In addition, there are many self-checks that you can complete throughout the program to evaluate your own progress.
You will receive an official transcript and a certificate upon successful completion of the entire program. A copy of your transcript will also be on permanent file with Blackstone and is available for a nominal fee.
Ample Time to Complete Your Online Course
You have up to one year to complete the online Blackstone Dental Office Assistant program. If additional time is needed, a six-month extension can be purchased.
Your mailed or e-mailed assignments will be individually graded by Blackstone’s team of qualified instructors. When you submit your exams through the Online Student Center, you will receive an electronic Grade Report instantly.
Your success is important to us! Any time you need assistance, please contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or problems you encounter with the course materials or exams.
Your tuition cost covers your entire program, including all e-books, e-study guides, exam evaluation services, access to the Online Student Center, and your certificate upon graduation.
Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include Military Tuition Assistance, Military Spouse MyCAA and GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans. BCI also offers its own payment plans, which are interest-free.
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