Dental Assisting prepares the graduate to assist the dentist in providing treatment services. The curriculum includes instruction in dental health education, preparing dental materials, taking dental x-rays, and maintaining dental supplies, equipment and records.
Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include a laboratory fee, uniforms, shoes, physical examinations, immunizations, health insurance, cost of national board examination and other miscellaneous fees.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all curriculum courses in order to progress in the program.
Employment: Graduates may find employment with private dental offices, public health dental clinics, federal and state agencies, dental schools, dental supply companies and insurance companies.
Salary: Salaries for entry-level full-time employment range from $23,000 to $30,000, with the potential to increase to as much as $52,000 for those with more experience.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term