Dental Assistant - Certificate Program at National Institute of Technology

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The objective of the Dental Assistant* program is to train students to become an essential part of the dental team. Our comprehensive communication-based approach in the student's training will add to the ever-growing need for high-quality, personable dental professionals. The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist with a variety of procedures including, but not limited to, preliminary examinations, performing four-handed and six-handed dentistry, sterilization and infection control, patient comfort, maintaining inventory, pouring of models, and fabricating custom trays such as mouth guards, bleach trays and retainers. The Dental Assistant may also perform additional administrative duties such as charting, appointment scheduling, maintaining patient records and recare management. Under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, the assistant may perform time-saving duties such as alginate impressions, dental X-rays, application of topical anesthetic and fluoride, patient education, and assisting the doctor with procedures ranging from dental restorations to surgical procedures. Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students will be qualified to assume entry-level positions as a Dental Assistant in a general dental office, clinic or specialty practice performing chairside duties, lab procedures, administrative skills, inventory control, infection monitoring and instrument sterilization. National Institute of Technology is accredited by ACCSCT. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Ohio Dental Assistant exam (CODA) sponsored by the Commission on Dental Assisting. Graduates who pass the CODA exam become State Certified Dental Assistants and may expand their credentials in areas of Coronal Polishing, Dental Sealants or Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary with continuing education.

Program Dental Assistant
Degree Certificate Program
Category Health & Medical/Dental
Location Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Further Information Fortis College-Cuyahoga Falls

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