Dental Assistant jobs are expected to increase 11% — much faster than the average job growth rate — over the next few years.¹ With Penn Foster's Dental Assistant training program, you will learn on-the-job skills like dental health procedures, office operations, dentistry terminology use, and more so you can begin pursuing a career as a Dental Assistant.
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Q. How much does a Dental Assistant make an hour?
A. While salary can vary based on experience, the state you live in, and your employer, the average hourly pay for Dental Assistants in 2019 was $19.27 per hour, or $40,080¹ per year.
Q. What do Dental Assistants do?
A. In a typical dental office, Dental Assistants are those who support the Dentists and Dental Hygienists. Their daily tasks can vary and include both administrative work and patient support. On a regular day, Dental Assistants take a patient’s medical history, explain procedures, and assist Dentists during procedures. As an assistant, you can also expect to be responsible for preparing treatment rooms, including sterilizing medical equipment and tools and preparing patients for x-rays.
Q. What does it take to become a Dental Assistant?
A. Becoming a Dental Assistant often requires specific education and training. Depending on your state regulations, you may also be required to pass a licensing or certification exam. Once you’re hired at an office, you may also complete a period of hands-on training under the supervision of an Office Manager or experienced Dental Assistant.
Q. How long do you have to go to school to be a Dental Assistant?
A. Many traditional Dental Assistant training programs can take up to one year to complete, but with Penn Foster’s self-paced online coursework, you can prepare to take the next step toward a career in the field in as little as four months.
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