How can a short course be as effective as a longer program?
As a newly hired dental assistant, your employer will have an expectation that you will know the basic skills of assisting. It is those fundamental skills that we focus on teaching our students. Completing a longer program or spending more money on tuition does not guarantee a better education.
Will I be more qualified if I go to school longer?
Upon completion of any dental assisting school, you will receive a certificate of completion. The starting salary for a dental assistant is based mostly on your experience, not on how long you spent in school or how much you paid for your schooling.
Our comprehensive curriculum sets students up for success by teaching you exactly what the doctor will expect you to know. Graduating as a cross-trained dental assistant, you will be very valuable to the practice.
What will my earning capacity be after successful completion of this course?
The mean annual wage for dental assistants was $16.86/hour or $35,080/year reported in May 2012 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What job opportunities will be available after completion of this course?
As long as there are dentists, there will continue to be a need for qualified dental assistants. There are many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants. Our program includes a 40-hour externship where students will get their first bit of experience.
What happens after I complete the course?
Once you have completed the course, you will apply to become a registered dental assistant and complete a mandatory short course approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). You must also pass exams in Radiology, Jurisprudence and Infection Control given by the TSBDE. Irving School of Dental Assisting will inform you when the Texas State Board will offer the mandatory short course and subsequent exams. For further information see www.tsbde.state.tx.us.