Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the program?

You must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years old. Additionally, your immunization records must be up to date and possess a government-issued photo ID.  Applications for admission are accepted without regard to race, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin

Do I need any experience?

No! There is no need to have experience in the dental field. The program is designed to provide you the training and knowledge you need for a career as a dental assistant.

We encourage prospective students to shadow your current Dentist, or family or friend who is a dentist, to ensure you will be happy and committed to your career choice. 

What do dental assistants do?

A dental assistant performs many tasks such as taking radiographs (x-rays), record keeping, patient care and scheduling patient appointments.

Dental assistant’s responsibilities typically include:

  • Meet patients when they come in for an appointment
  • Ensure patients are comfortable in the dental chair
  • Prepare patients and the work area for procedures and treatment
  • Take a patient’s blood pressure, pulse and reviewing the medical history
  • Hand instruments to the dentist during procedures and treatments
  • Monitor the dentist’s schedule
  • Take radiographs and process them if necessary
  • Complete lab tasks as directed by the dentist
  • Manage inventory and order supplies

*responsibilities may vary based on skill level and expectations of the practice

Is dental assisting right for me?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are several important qualities that dental assistants must possess. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Detail-oriented: Dental assistants must follow specific rules and protocols (such as infection control procedures) when helping dentists treat patients. Assistants must also be aware of their scope of practice, that is the tasks they are allowed and are not allowed to perform in each state in which they work.
  • Dexterity: Dental assistants must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, using very precise tools and instruments.
  • Good interpersonal skills: Dental assistants must work closely with dentists and patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain and/or mental distress, so the assistant should be sensitive to their emotions.
  • Listening skills: Dental assistants must listen to patients and other healthcare workers. They need to follow directions from a dentist so they can effectively help treat patients and efficiently complete tasks.
  • Organizational skills: Dental assistants must possess excellent organizational skills. They should have the correct tools in place for a dentist or dental hygienist to use when treating a patient.

 

Without a doubt, dental assistants greatly increase a dentist’s efficiency in the delivery of quality oral healthcare and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting could be right for you!

Will you help me find work after I graduate?

Strategic Practice Solutions has a department that specifically provides temporary employment. We also assist many dental practices with permanent staffing placements. Although we cannot promise specific job placement, we do inform students of opportunities that come across our desk based on their performance and aptitude. Due to our vast connections and reputation in the profession, we oftentimes are privy to multiple job opportunities before they are even advertised.