What You Learn in a Dental Assistant Program

dental assistant at school
dental assistant at school

What You Learn in a Dental Assistant Program

Dental assistants play an active role and are pivotal in dental offices. From preparing patients to working alongside dentists, you will enjoy a rewarding, high-skilled career. To become a dental assistant, you must first graduate from a dental assistant training program.

Skills You Learn in Dental Assistant Program

While in the program, students will be taught important skills that can help them in their careers after graduation. Some of these include:

  • How to take and develop digital and analog x-rays
  • How to assist with crown and bridge work
  • How to mix various dental materials
  • How to provide patient education
  • How to prepare and clean-up operatory and instruments
  • How to take vital signs
  • How to assist the dentist in chairside procedures

Dental Assistant Training Courses

There are also certain courses available to students in the program. Among them are:

  • Dental Radiology
  • Chairside Procedures
  • Dental Sciences
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • The Administrative Assistant


At Porter and Chester Institute (PCI), the Dental Assistant program can be completed in as few as 10 months. This program is offered at the Bridgeport, Hamden, New London, Rocky Hill, and Waterbury, Connecticut campuses and the Brockton, Chicopee, and Worcester, Massachusetts campuses. Graduates earn a diploma and can complete this program in a hybrid format. Students may also sit for the DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam and the Infection Control exam after completing the appropriate coursework and the cost of those exams is included in the program tuition.

If you're ready to get started, go to the online application portal to apply.