Dental Assistant Training FAQs
Here are several of the most frequently asked questions about Dental Assistant career training at Everest:
Q. What does a dental assistant do?
A. Dental assistants do a lot. They are an integral part of a health care team, and perform chairside assisting methods, patient procedures and other office related duties under the direction of a licensed dentist.
Q. What are the advantages of becoming a dental assistant?
A. If you are looking for a solid career with good pay*, the dental assisting profession should be considered. For many, the work is personally rewarding in an environment filled with continual innovation and variety.
Q. Where do dental assistants work?
A. Many dental assistants work in dentists' offices while others choose to work in dental laboratories. Dental schools are also a popular destination for dental assistant professionals.
Q. What is the required education and training to become a dental assistant?
A. Everest offers dental assistant training from industry-experienced instructors. While some dental assistant programs and schedules may vary, dental assistant training can usually be completed in less than a year.
Q. How important is a school's accreditation status?
A. Accreditation is important, because it is the distinction granted to an institution at a state, regional or national level that meets or exceeds the stated and accepted criteria of educational quality. It means a learning institution is consistent in its operations, promotes institutional improvements and provides accountability to the public.
Q. How much does a dental assistant make?
A. A dental assistant salary or wage depends on an individual's own work ethic, attitude, professionalism and local market factors.
Q. Where can I go for more information?
A. Check with an Everest Admissions Representative today to find out more about dental assistant training, or call the toll-free number above.
*Adapted from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition and the Occupational Employment and Wages, 2011 - Dental Assistants section of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos163.htm and http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htm]. Finding employment in your field of interest is may be due to a combination of your own hard work, experience, work attitude and local market conditions.