On the Job Dental Assistant Training Program

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This article contains detailed information about on-the-job training program for dental assistants.


When a person remains busy working in a dental office, hospital, in nursing home or any other medical setting ups, as a dental assistant he should have some training for the job purpose, for getting a certification in this field training program is must. In the USA, we see that a vast academic dental assistant training program is conducted within 9 to 11 months time limit. Through this program, graduate generally achieve certificates. In the country, some schools provide accelerated dental assistant training, distance learning or part time education programs.

A person who is aspiring to become a dental assistant through proper certification program can get the traditional dental assistant training in colleges, schools, in universities, or in some vocational schools, sometimes in few technical institutes.

How to Proceed

Whenever a candidate wants to be certified dental assistant, he has to pass an exam, that exam must be worth, so that it can properly evaluate his knowledge level at the particular field, so he must have come through with studying some science subjects. The most common and popular avenue is to get certified after passing out the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. This exam is conducted and monitored by The Dental Assisting National Board.

The Exam Process

The certified dental assistant exam is completed nearly in four hours long time, where overall a candidate has to answer 320 questions, student is given points, marks it is scaling from 100 to 900, for passing the test a candidate needs to get 400 or its above points. In this whole test process, there are three subsections, for general chair side the candidate has to answer 120 questions, for radiation health and safety one needs to answer 100 questions and on the field of infection controlling , test for 100 questions are given for test.

The Difference between Dental Assistant Training VS Online Job Training

When a dental assistant goes through the proper way and completes his training, only then he gets entitled for the CDA exam, the training program is organized by the commission on dental accreditation, but if any candidate who completes training on doing job, or having graduation from non-accredited program are entitled also for taking the national certification examination, for that they need to complete two years full time working experience. As per the variable criteria in the other sates, for dental assistants, exist but the common test comprises of health and safety, radiation, and infection control system. These are necessary for getting licensing for practice as dental assistant.

The topics of the Training Program

The safety and hygiene, working with X-rays, patient care and comfort, instructing and guiding the patients properly, office management skills, are taught in the training program.

Some Popular and Eminent Institutes for Training and Study Program

The popular institutes for dental assistant training program are American Career College, Arizona College, Carrington College, Keystone technical institute, Daymar Institute.

Some Basic Skills of a Dental Assistant

One should have various dental assistant skills to become successful. A dental assistant must have knowledge about oral healthcare, he should look after about the safety and comfort of the patients before and after the surgery, he must properly guide the patient how to take the medicine and the frequency of taking medicine, he should know about the prevention of the teeth infection.

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