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Dental Assisting – A Mouth Watering Opportunity!

October 20, 2011

Dental AssistantDental Assisting is forecast to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next few years, in fact the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics ( forecasts that employment of Dental Assistants will grow 36% from 2008 to 2018, and that is much faster than the average for all occupations*.

So now you’ve seen the opportunity, you may be wondering what exactly a Dental Assistant does?  Well, as the job title suggests, a Dental Assistant helps dentists and hygienists with chairside patient care in oral care facilities such as dental offices, hospitals, or clinics.  As well as clinical assisting, they are also expected to perform various office, lab and clinical duties.

You don’t have to be licensed to work as a Dental Assistant in California, but unlicensed Dental Assistants are subject to certain laws and restrictions governing their conduct, and they are only allowed to perform very limited clinical duties.  That’s why the Carrington College California Dental Assisting program prepares our graduates for the California Dental Board Exam for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant; it also includes preparation to earn the necessary X-ray license, coronal polish, infection control, California Dental Practice Act, CPR and Pit and Fissure certification.+

Our degree and/or certificate classes provide our students the practical training they needed to help them succeed in their Dental Assisting career; they learn patient prep, charting, and office administrative functions, and gain a mix of practical experience through lab, clinical and lecture class sessions, as well as enjoying a clinical externship in a real dental facility.

Obviously every work place is different, but being a Dental Assistant can be fun, fast paced and challenging. You can expect diverse responsibilities and a stimulating environment; so if you’d like to get your teeth into a good career with a healthy employment outlook, talk to a Carrington College California Enrollment Services Representative today at 1.855.288.2195. 

Our Dental Assisting program is available at all nine of our Carrington College California campus locations – Antioch, Citrus Heights, Emeryville, PomonaPleasant HillSacramentoSan JoseSan Leandro, and Stockton.  The program culminates in either a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Science degree in Dental Assisting.


* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 Ed.).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

+Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

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