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What does a Dental Assistant do?

Dental Assistants are highly visible members of the dental practice team. Dental Assistants provide support to dentists and dental hygienists on a variety of tasks, including greeting and scheduling patients, obtaining preliminary vital signs and symptoms, performing diagnostic testing, creating laboratory molds, taking x-rays, and assisting the dentist through all visits and dental procedures. Aftercare instructions, as well as follow up calls, are typically completed by the dental assistant in many practices. You may also perform a variety of lab tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application, and topical anesthetic application.

Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Dental Assistants will see available jobs grow 10.1% over the next ten years
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.

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DA 3000 Dental Assistant

Dental Assisting is projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in the United States through 2026. There is high demand for caring, knowledgeable, and professional individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of patients – while pursuing an exciting career in healthcare. This program prepares students to take on significant responsibility as a member of a dental healthcare team. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality, oral healthcare.

The MedCerts online Dental Assistant program prepares students to gain industry certifications and, ultimately, to work with patients in dental offices, community dental and health clinics, and hospital-based dental facilities. The MedCerts Dental Assistant program has been reviewed and approved by the AMT Board of Directors as an eligible program leading to RDA certification. Today’s dental assistants perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties, and the MedCerts program covers the wide range of skills and objectives needed to meet industry demands for skilled and well-rounded dental assistants. This program prepares students to assist dentists and dental hygienists by providing the essential clinical and administrative skills needed in the dental setting. The program covers subjects such as dental anatomy and morphology, infection control, radiation health safety and radiographic skills, patient education, soft skills, dental materials, and essential chairside functions. 

Dental Assistant responsibilities include assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, and performing office management tasks.  Working under the direction of a Dentist, assistants may perform a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application, and topical anesthetic application. The Dental Assistant program covers a comprehensive range of knowledge domains, topics, objectives, and tasks that a practicing Dental Assistant could perform. However, it is important to note that each state regulates the scope of practice for Dental Assistants within that specific state. 

**PLEASE NOTE: 1) This program does not qualify for Dental Assistant licensing in the states of Montana, Iowa, and Massachusetts. Each state’s dental board implements rules and regulations for delegating legally allowable duties to dental assistants. Passing the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam only conveys authority to perform these duties in those states that recognize these exams or this certification as meeting state dental assisting requirements. This information is available at  2) While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate pre-requisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.

skills gained

  • Gain knowledge and skills in preparation to pass the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) certification exam
  • Recognize proper infection control procedures, handwashing, sterilization of equipment, disinfection of operatories, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), per Standard and Universal precautions
  • Identify important head, neck, and oral anatomy related to patient care, including anomalies and radiographic landmarks
  • Demonstrate essential dental assisting skills needed for patient preparation, measurement of vital signs, and four-handed dentistry, as well as the dental assistant’s role in medical emergencies
  • Classify clinical tools, techniques, and materials used in four-handed dentistry
  • Discuss tooth numbering systems, dental charting, and scheduling patients according to treatment plan
  • Explain informed consent and patient education, including oral hygiene instruction and post-treatment care
  • Ensure HIPAA, OSHA, FDA, and EPA compliance and follow CDC recommendations as applicable to protected health information, infection control, radiation safety, workplace safety and controls, and documentation
  • Apply operator and patient radiation safety principles and address patient safety concerns
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of radiology, including guidelines, regulations, and quality assurance in radiographic imaging and mounting
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
  • Math, vocabulary and comprehension proficiency
  • Suitable vision and hearing (normal or corrected)
  • Suitable psychomotor skills, hand-eye coordination & finger agility
  • Ability to stand for extended periods
  • Fingerprinting/background check (per state licensing)
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • eBook: Modern Dental Assisting (Saunders 13th Edition, Copyright 2021)
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

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PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
2 weeks

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
DA 3011

Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings

48 hours
3 weeks

Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings is a comprehensive course detailing infection control practices performed by the dental team within the dental office. Video-based lessons classify infectious diseases, describe how to protect the patient and operator by using personal protective equipment (PPE), explain processes to maintain aseptic conditions to prevent cross contamination for procedures and services, summarize the steps to process reusable dental instruments, discuss maintenance and documentation of infection control and safety programs and policies, and explain how to document office programs/policies for infection control and safety. Emphasis is placed on recognizing important information on medical history to prevent adverse reactions during dental care, associating occupational safety and guidelines to dental workplace practices, and understanding how to perform proper hand hygiene before, during, and after oral surgery and intraoral procedures. Additionally, the course provides guidance on identifying how standards and workplace controls protect the patient and operator through the reduction of aerosol, droplets, and splatter, as well as how advisory, regulatory, and professional organizations are related to dentistry.

  • Classify infectious diseases and define relationships
  • Recognize the importance of medical history documentation and review
  • Demonstrate proper hand hygiene throughout all stages of treatment
  • Describe the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Identify occupational safety standards and workplace controls
  • Explain maintenance of aseptic conditions and prevention of cross contamination
  • Summarize dental instrument and device processing
  • Discuss infection control and safety programs, policies, and documentation
  • Identify advisory, regulatory, and professional organizations as related to dentistry
DA 3012

Dental Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology

48 hours
3 weeks

Dental Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology is a comprehensive course detailing essential anatomical, morphological, and physiological knowledge of the head, neck, and oral cavity for the dental assistant. Video-based lessons examine the anatomy and pathology of hard and soft tissues, review the circulatory and lymphatic systems, explore oral cavity anatomy, discuss salivary glands, identify permanent and primary tooth anatomy and morphology, and explain tooth numbering systems, including Universal and Palmer systems. Emphasis is placed on identifying the important head, neck, and oral landmarks, as well as discussing the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems as they relate to the head, neck, and oral cavity. Additionally, the course provides guidance in categorizing dental occlusion and recognizing hard and soft tissue anomalies and tooth anomalies.

  • Examine hard and soft tissues
  • Review the circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Identify important head, neck, and oral landmarks
  • Discover muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems
  • Explore oral cavity anatomy
  • Discuss salivary glands
  • Review sinuses in head anatomy
  • Categorize dental occlusion
  • Identify permanent and primary tooth anatomy and morphology
  • Explain tooth numbering systems
DA 3013

Dental Assisting Essentials

48 hours
3 weeks

Dental Assisting Essentials is a comprehensive course which instructs students in dental assisting knowledge and fundamental clinical skills necessary for becoming an essential member of the dental practice team. Video-based lessons identify important tools and techniques used in clinical chairside dental assisting, explain the purpose and use of dental materials, summarize dental specialties and some key procedures and basic instruments of each, discuss the dental assistant’s role in common medical emergencies, and list drugs commonly prescribed in both dentistry and medicine. Emphasis is placed on understanding dental ethics and law, as well as describing the various topics and opportunities for patient education and recognizing the role of professional communication, customer service, and teamwork in patient care.

  • Discover history of dentistry and the dental team
  • Gain basic understanding of dental ethics and law
  • Gather fundamental dental assisting skills
  • Identify clinical tools and techniques
  • Review basic dental materials
  • Summarize dental specialties
  • Discuss patient education
  • Describe the dental assistant’s role in medical emergencies
  • List common prescription drugs
  • Recognize the vital role of soft skills
DA 3014

Radiation Health and Safety in Dentistry

48 hours
3 weeks

Radiation Health and Safety in Dentistry iIs a comprehensive course which explains patient and operator preparation and safety during radiographic exposures and provides the knowledge necessary to identify best radiographic technique based on patients’ diagnostic needs. Video-based learning lessons classify radiographic equipment based on techniques such as digital and traditional radiography, describe how to acquire radiographic images using various techniques, identify current American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines for patient selection and limiting radiation exposure, identify operator safety measures when acquiring x-rays, describe methods for monitoring operator exposure to x-radiation, and explain infection control procedures for both conventional and digital radiography equipment. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating basic knowledge of both digital and conventional radiology, evaluating radiographic images for diagnostic quality, mounting radiographic images, and describing infection control procedures for both patient and operator safety. Additionally, the course provides guidance in applying quality assurance to all aspects of radiographic imaging and expressing understanding of radiology regulations, as well as applying the principles of radiation protection and hazards when operating radiographic equipment.

  • Explain patient preparation and patient management
  • Classify and describe radiographic equipment and imaging techniques
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of digital and conventional radiology
  • Evaluate and mount radiographic images
  • Apply quality assurance and recognize radiology regulations
  • Identify American Dental Association radiography guidelines
  • Apply operator and patient radiation safety principles and address patient safety concerns
  • Explain infection control in radiographic practices
PS 1011 2
DA 3011 3
DA 3012 3
DA 3013 3
DA 3014 3
Total Program Duration 14 Week

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