Sample Job Titles: Dental Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant, Surgical Dental Assistant
Technical and Higher Education Majors: Dental Hygienist
Career Advancement: Some dental assistants become office managers, dental-assisting instructors, dental product sales representatives, or insurance claims processors for dental insurance companies. Others go back to school to become dental hygienists. For many, this entry-level occupation provides basic training and experience and serves as a steppingstone to more highly skilled and higher paying jobs.
Post-Grad Certification: Certification is available through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and is recognized or required in more than 30 States. Certification is an acknowledgment of an assistant’s qualifications and professional competence. Candidates qualify for the exam by having 2 years of full-time, or 4 years of part-time, experience as a dental assistant. In addition, applicants must have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
American Heart Association: BLS, CPR, AED Certification
American Red Cross First Aid
OSHA G10 10 hour General Industry Certification
Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Infection Control Certification (optional exam)
Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Radiology Certification (optional exam)
Massachusetts Radiology Certification (optional exam)