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Dental Assistant Online School

Take the first step toward a career in the growing dental field with Dental Assistant training from Penn Foster Career School. Our flexible online program lets you study​ when you want, where you want, and at the pace you want - all at an affordable price.

Why Become a Dental Assistant?

Dental assistant jobs are expected to increase 18% - 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 like dental health procedures, office operations, dentistry terminology use, and more - so you can begin pursuing your career as a Dental Assistant.​
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Affording an education isn’t easy, that’s why Penn Foster does the best we can to make our Dental Assistant program tuition and fees as low as possible. Not only do we offer one of the lowest tuition prices in the industry, but we offer several payment plans to help you choose the best way to pay for your education.
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed.​
Hands-on Training
Local Hands-On Training
Gain hands-on, real-world experience by taking advantage of our Work Experience Option, which you can add to your resume or job applications!
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With over 40,000 graduates in 2018 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
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Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Dental Assistant students in the​ Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Dental Assistant Course Details

Our online Dental Assistant program covers topics such as dental terminology, common dental procedures, scheduling appointments, and more to help you succeed in the dental industry. In addition, you will receive a dental assistant exam review to help you prepare for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) exam from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

Dental Assistant Tuition

With our flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your online Dental Assistant training today.
The advantages of studying online gave me the opportunity to work a full time job as well as build my future.
Shawanna R.
Dental Assistant Graduate
Dental Assistant Student

What is the Salary for a Dental Assistant?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career where you can help others, earning a Dental Assistant Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps toward working in the healthcare field. Nearly all dental assistants work in dentists’ offices, usually under the supervision of dental hygienists and the dentist. On average, a dental assistant working full time earns a salary of $36,940.¹
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Get started today on your path toward a new career as a Dental Assistant with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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Take your current career to the next level or develop new skills with the freedom of self-paced courses offered through our partner school, Ashworth College.

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Boost your resume or prepare to take the next steps in your healthcare career with our partner school, Ashworth College’s, online sterile processing technician program. You’ll learn approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment that play a vital role in a medical setting. Once you graduate, you can prepare to sit for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification Exam, the cost of which is included in your Ashworth tuition.

Program Details

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet here. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.