Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

Finish in Little as 10 Months in Massachusetts and Connecticut

Did you know that oral health is vitally linked to the overall health of your whole body? That’s why more and more people are making sure they have regular dental checkups. And all those busy dentists need help! That’s where you come in. Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments.

If you’re looking for hands-on dental assistant training in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Porter and Chester Institute’s Dental Assisting program can prepare you to enter this exciting field.

Dental Assisting Program Overview

The Dental Assisting program covers the administrative and chairside clinical functions of dental assistants. You learn about topics such as oral anatomy, oral hygiene, oral diseases, dental radiography, charting and record keeping, infection control, nutrition, and chairside dental procedures. Instructors place emphasis on day-to-day clinical skills along with safety and practice management.

The program consists of 1095 hours of instruction, or 58 quarter credit hours.

  • Day or Evening sessions - 10 months, approximately 25 hours per week

Blended Learning Opportunities with Dental Assisting

In an effort to create a more flexible learning environment, the program is offered in a Hybrid format, with lecture online and hands-on labs on campus. This “blended learning” delivery method allows you to learn information online, at your convenience, and then put those corresponding skills into practice on-campus in the lab. Students choose Days or Evenings for their lab schedule.

Hands-On Dental Assisting Training

The Dental Assisting classrooms and labs feature the same equipment and technology you find in dental office and clinics. You learn how to assist dentists in a dental operatory, take radiographs, mix dental materials, exercise proper infection control and sterilization, use model trimmers, take vital signs, and provide patient education. As part of the in-class training, you also work with Dentrix dental software.

The lab environment uses mannequin heads to foster a real-life environment.

Dental Assisting Externships

The final term of the Dental Assisting program is an externship course where you complete 335 hours of an unpaid externship. Apply what you learn in the program to a dental office, clinic, or other facility settings.

Prepare for Dental Assisting Certification Exams

The Dental Assisting program prepares you for certification exams from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB.) You will have the background to take these optional exams any time after completing the corres[onding coursework. Your tuition costs cover the cost of these exams.

You can apply these two exams toward the Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) exam. To earn your CDA, you will also need to pass the General Chairside Assisting exam. Please note that you will not be eligible to take this exam until you can document 3,500 hours of work in the field.

Dental Assisting Program Career Outcomes

As a graduate of the Dental Assisting program, you have sufficient knowledge and skills for entry-level employment as a dental assistant. You might work in the following settings:

  • Dental offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Public health departments

Dental Assisting Job Outlook

Dental assistants play pivotal roles in dental offices and other settings. As such, there is often demand for skilled and trained professionals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 350,000 dental assistant jobs in 2019. This number is expected to grow by 7% through 2029, a rate that is faster than average.