Here are a few qualities that dependable dental assistants have in common:
- Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
- Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
- Friendly: You make others feel welcomed and relaxed in potentially stressful situations.
- Reliable: Patients and dentists can rely on you to work hard and perform consistently.
After earning my Dental Assistant Career Diploma, I feel much more competent in the office. Penn Foster is definitely worth the money. I am now going to college to become a dentist. I believe that taking this program really helped me stand out among my competition.
- Sara T., Dental Assistant Graduate
Penn Foster is a great way to learn something thoroughly. I have used everything I have learned. I recommend Penn Foster to anyone. They were always very timely and explained everything extremely well.
- Erin M., Dental Assistant Graduate
Penn Foster gives you a reasonable amount of time to graduate without deadlines for your work to be done. The Penn Foster faculty is very helpful and made it a great experience for me.
- Cassie B., Dental Assistant Graduate
We make sure you have everything you need:
- Graduate debt free with 0% interest
- Books and learning aids, including slides, dental equipment samples, and your dental assistant exam review text upon graduation
- Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
- Instructional support from our world-class faculty
- Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Dental Assistant academic group
- Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
- Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising
Does Penn Foster’s program help dental assistant students prepare for any certification exams?
Yes, Penn Foster assists students in preparing for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. Our students are eligible upon graduation to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), Infection Control (ICE), and Radiation & Safety (RHS) exams as part of the 3-exam process, to use the DANB designation of Certified Dental Assistant. The final requirement for this certification is a general chair side exam, and a graduate would be required to accumulate 3500 hours of work experience (roughly 2-4 years) prior to sitting for that part.
Is an externship required to complete the Dental Assistant Program?
No, an externship is not required to complete the program. However, we have included a Work Experience Option where students can make arrangements with a facility in their area to work alongside dental professionals and gain valuable hands-on experience. While not required for graduation, we do highly recommend that our students complete this program supplement.
More FAQs >