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Dental Office Assistant Online Training Program

Blackstone’s Administrative dental office assistant training offers the working knowledge and skills needed to run a dental office smoothly. Our dental office assistant program provides latest information on operating a dental office and preparing you for the various tasks an administrative dental assistant encounters. For example, students will learn up-to-date CDT-5 Dental Codes, new HIPAA and OSHA guidelines, along with practice administrative procedures such as entering patient data, posting payments and scheduling appointments.

Certification Matters

Graduates of Blackstone’s administrative dental assistant training program are eligible to sit for certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), along with two years of full-time or four years part-time as a dental assistant, and a  CPR certification.

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  • 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.

Become a Dental Office Assistant

Administrative dental assistant jobs will remain in demand! The Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts excellent prospects for administrative dental assistants careers. 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. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of dental office assistant jobs is expected to grow up to 19% by 2026, much faster than the average 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 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, those working in a dental office career earned up to $52,000 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $36,940. Benefits vary and depend on whether the dental office assistant is part-time or full-time.

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 chair-side duties such as preparing patients for treatment, obtaining dental records, sterilizing instruments, and preparing trays of instruments for dental procedures.

Dental Office Assistant Career Opportunities

While the majority of positions available for an administrative dental assistant are in dental offices, employment can be found in dental clinics, managed care facilities and specialty practices working for orthodontists, periodontists, or oral surgeons. Additional education and training offers employees in an administrative dental assistant career the opportunity to move into positions such as dental-assisting instructors, office managers, 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.

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure a Dental Office Assistant career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Dental Office Assistant Curriculum

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:

Click here for a complete list of Program Objectives and Program Outline

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Unit I: Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study
  • Chapter 4: Keyboarding

Unit II: Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit III: Dental Office Management 1

  • Chapter 1: Orientation to the Dental Profession
  • Chapter 2: Dental Basics
  • Chapter 3: Communication Skills and Telephone Techniques
  • Chapter 4: Written Correspondence
  • Chapter 5: Patient Relations
  • Chapter 6: Dental Healthcare Team Communications

Unit IV: Dental Office Management 2

  • Chapter 7: Patient Clinical Records
  • Chapter 8: Information Management
  • Chapter 9: Dental Patient Scheduling
  • Chapter 10: Recall Systems

Unit V: English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit VI: Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit VII: Dental Office Management 3

  • Chapter 11: Dental Insurance Processing
  • Chapter 12: Inventory Management
  • Chapter 13: Financial Arrangement and Collection Procedures
  • Chapter 14: Bookkeeping Procedures: Accounts Receivable
  • Chapter 15: Bookkeeping Procedures: Accounts Payable

Unit VIII: Dental Office Management 4

  • Chapter 16: Office Equipment
  • Chapter 17: Computerized Dental Practice
  • Chapter 18: Employment Strategies

Unit IX: Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • Chapter 1: Professional Development
  • Chapter 2: Medicolegal Ethics
  • Chapter 3: HIPAA for the Allied Healthcare Worker

Unit X: Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit XI: Dental Office Practice 1

  • Chapter 1: Monday
  • Chapter 2: Tuesday

Unit XII: Dental Office Practice 2

  • Chapter 3: Wednesday
  • Chapter 4: Thursday

Unit III: Dental Office Management 1

Unit XIII: Dental Office Practice 3

  • Chapter 5: Friday
  • Chapter 6: Critical Thinking Questions

Unit XIV: Creating an Effective Workplace Environment

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit XV: Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit XVI: How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure a Dental Office Assistant career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Dental Office Assistant Materials

Start your path to success ... Earn your dental office assistant certificate online!

Once you enroll in the Blackstone Dental Office Assistant Training Program, you’ll receive the following course materials—all included in your tuition:

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.

dent14_3Edition 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

mosbysdental_2014Mosby'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:

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA program).

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure an entry-level Dental Office Assistant career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Dental Office Assistant Tuition

Dental Office Assistant Training Cost- Enroll for $59!

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. Everything you need to get started in this exciting career working with Dental professionals is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your budget and get started today!

Available Payment Plans

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

The Dental Office Assistant Tuition Fee Includes:

  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Access to our Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbooks included with your course
  • Comprehensive study guides prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
  • Automatic six month time extension-a $250 value
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Dental Office Assistant diploma upon completion of program requirements

Go to our Financial Assistance
section to review your financing options that include low cost payment programs, military TA and corporate reimbursement.

Methods of Payment

At BCI we want to put your mind at ease about expenses so you can focus on what really matters . . . obtaining the career education you need to get the job you want!
You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express to securely enroll online. You may also pay your tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check.

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International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)


NOTE: To Employed Individuals
Some students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of their paralegal school tuition by their employers. Your company may be able to take advantage of The Employee Education Assistance Act (IRS Code, Section 127). Check with your supervisor or personnel department.

Student Tuition Protection Policy:

We offer a generous student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Dental Office Assistant career. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Resources for Dental Office Assistant Careers

Career Resources include sites that specifically relate to dental office careers. Find organizations to join and increase your networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. You will also find links to other relevant web sites for administrative dental office  careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as you build your professional knowledge. Explore online resources below in the following categories:

Dental Office Assistant and Related Associations

American Dental Assistants Association
Dental Assisting National Board
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
American Academy of Periodontology
American Association of Oral and Maxiilofacial Surgeons
American Associations of Orthodontists

Job Resources for Dental Office Assistant Careers

Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
Health Career Web
Healthcare Jobs
Absolutely Healthcare
LinkedIn Job Search

Reference Sites for Dental Professions

Online Dictionary of Dental Terms Dentist Search Engine
Medline Plus
Cunning Dental Fun-N-Games
Academy of General Dentistry
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Simple Steps to Better Dental Health

Books, Journals, Software for the Dental Office Assistant Profession
Dental Assistant Journal

Blackstone Online Training Tuition Options

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

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