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You Have Dental Assistant Training Questions. We Have Answers! From which dental assisting school is the best to researching dental assistant careers, there are a lot of things to consider before you throw yourself into a career-building program. We’re here to answer as many of the “how to become a dental assistant” questions as possible:

Will I be a certified Dental Assistant at the end of this program?

You will get a certificate of completion at the end of the program. You can sit for the National Association of Health Professionals' Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant (NRCDA).

Are there any types of special immunizations required to work in this field?

Dental assisting certification students need to have the Hepatitis B series as well as the TB skin test within the last year.

Will I actually get to work on live patients during my training or will it only be with manikins?

Your training will consist of working on both manikins and live patients.

What is the job outlook for Dental Assistants?

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Earning a dental assisting certification now can help you achieve long-term success as the need for dental services holds steady.**

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* Program length is assuming continual full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

** Median salary information and projected job growth is from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at (visited January 21, 2020).

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Program Length

40 Weeks*

Est. Median Salary

$18.59 per hour | $38,660 per year**

Who Hires PCI Grads

  • Pacific Dental
  • Antioch Dentistry
  • Smile Direct
  • Dr. Emily Cortes
  • Dr. Jeffrey Clark DDS
  • Raytown Smile Care

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