• The dental assisting program offers a solid foundation in the field of dentistry. If you are thinking about being a dental hygienist, dental lab technician, or dental sales representative, dental assisting is a great beginning point in a career in dentistry.
• The curriculum prepares you for the national certification exam, and the state licensure exam.
• A solid internship program that offers the experience necessary for a dental assisting career. Internship sites are existing throughout the state of Minnesota.
• Job opportunities throughout the state of Minnesota and nationally. We have graduates working in Montana, Florida, Colorado, California, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi and Missouri and throughout the entire state of Minnesota.
• Our instructors have a wealth of industry and teaching experience to help aid students in their educational goals.
Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you.
The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.
Although state regulations vary, responsibilities may include:
• assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
• taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
• performing mechanical polishing to clinical crowns
• helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery
• providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
• taking the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse
• taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
• communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies)
• serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
• teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., toothbrushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
• performing office management tasks that require the use of a personal computer with dental software programs http://www.dentalboard.state.mn.us Select licensing, and then delegated duties. To view all Minnesota expanded functions.