Dental Assistant Facts

Dental Assistant careers are projected to grow by 11% in the next eight years. This can be due to the new research linking your oral and general health. Other factors, such as the population aging and needing preventative dental care also play a role. 

Dental Assistants work in dental offices and usually all of them have full-time careers. Are you considering making the leap to Dental Assistant? Check out these facts: 

Dental Assistants help the Dentists.

While tasks vary in each office, typically the job is to help prepare and organize tools needed by dentists to work on a patient. They also prepare patients, instruct patients in proper oral hygiene, take x-rays, sterilize dental instruments, assist in record keeping, and schedule appointments.

Dental Assistants make $17/hour on average

According to Indeed, Dental Assistants make an average of $17 per hour in South Carolina. At a full-time position that’s $36,000 a year!

You can do it in 18 weeks!

Palmetto School’s dental assistant program offers hands-on training that will have you completing your certification exam in 18 weeks. After you finish the program, our Placement Coordinator will assist you in job placement. 

What you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to dental assisting, the role of the Dental Assistant, the dental team, and characteristics of a professional Dental Assistant.
  • Head anatomy, oral histology, tooth terminology and anatomy, SOAP, charting, and classification of cavities.
  • HIPAA, chart documentation, insurance terminology, and dental codes.
  • OSHA, HIV, and infection control.
  • Isolation, rubber dam placement, 4-handed dentistry, amalgam, composites, tub & tray systems, crown and bridge, and provisional crowns.
  • Preventive dentistry, sealants, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, oral prophylaxis, and topical fluoride.
  • Study models, impression taking, pouring, trimming, and bite registration.
  • CPR Certification (BLS Card from American Heart Association included with course)
  • Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, and Orthodontics.
  • Radiology safety and procedure, intraoral radiology, and panorex.
  • Communication skills & telephone techniques, patient relations, Dental Healthcare Team communications, and computerized Dental Practices.
  • Dental Patient Scheduling, Inventory Management, Dental Insurance Processing, Bookkeeping, and Accounts Receivable.

Nonverbal Communication in Your Interview

Interview preparation is a vital part of any job search. Your education, question review, and employee history play a role in landing a job, but a hidden factor is your nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication, also known as body language or paralanguage, includes your attire, volume in which you are speaking, the speed in which you are speaking, breaths, sighs, arm movements, and posture. 


You can prepare for your interviews and study your nonverbal communication by doing mock interviews beforehand with friends and record yourself. Make sure that you are not slouchy, rushed, or unprepared. Doing this with a friend or family member will allow you to receive feedback that you can use to better prepare yourself. 

When picking out your clothes for the interview remember to dress professionally. Steer clear of clothes that may be an ill-fit or better choice for a weekend with friends. If choosing to wear makeup, keep a natural look, and don’t load on too much cologne or perfume ⁠— none is better than any, if you have to question yourself.


When arriving at your interview remember to greet your receptionists kindly, with a handshake if appropriate. If you are asked to sit in the lobby and wait, steer clear from any phone calls or distracting actions, and when you are called back to the hiring manager firmly shake their hands before sitting. Nodding and smiling throughout your interview and slightly leaning forward shows that you are engaged in the discussion. Try not to laugh unless the interviewer laughs first, and don’t lean back or come across as too casual. These actions seem arrogant or overly confident. Keep a pen and notepad with you for notes, it will keep you from fidgeting with your hands.

Once you have completed your interview shake the interviewer’s hand and smile as you say goodbye. Thanking the interviewer and the office for their time will leave a notable impression as well. 

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Choosing a Career College

We’ve all heard the saying “knowledge is power.” Making the decision to continue your education post high school is a big step in securing your future. When choosing where to study, you may consider factors such as time, cost, personal interest of study and the job market. These factors may also be the reason a career college may suit you best. Here’s a list of reasons you should consider a career college:

TIME – Attending a two or four year college or university is a big time commitment. Career colleges offer accelerated programs where students can complete the program within weeks or months. Here at PSCD we understand potential students are excited to get working in their career field as soon as possible. We strive to get our students educated, trained and working in a matter of weeks.

COST – Studying at a career college is significantly more affordable than attending a university or college. Paying for a traditional education at a university or college can put a major dent in one’s finances. In most cases, students are forced to take out large student loans to cover the cost of tuition. In addition to these loans, students have other expenses that come along with college life. At career colleges most schools offer tuition assistance and payment plans that won’t break the bank down the road.

TRAINING – At PSCD we allow our students to learn by doing. A hands-on approach to learning solidifies techniques students are required to understand and gives students an easy transition from class to career. Our curriculum doesn’t contain prerequisites which makes learning fun and more engaging for our students. On day one students begin learning things they’ll use in their career.

CLASS SCHEDULE – Career colleges offer flexible class schedules that allow their students to work while learning. Having to choose between an education and supporting yourself should never be a decision a student should have to make. At PSCD our classes are in the late evening and or weekends to accommodate our working students.

SIZE – Class size at a career college are typically much smaller than that of a university. Our students receive one on one attention from their instructors and career advisor which makes learning at PSCD personal and enjoyable.

White House Emphasizes Skills-Certificate Programs

At Palmetto School of Career Development, our courses are designed for students to obtain skills-certificates and become employable in the field of their choice. It is what is commonly called a “non-traditional” route, but it is one that works and the White House is now emphasizing programs such as ours.

As we begin Workforce Development Week, a White House spokesperson stated that we need to “value” skills-certificate programs that make Americans employable.

Making students employable is our mission at PSCD and it is no surprise to us that education is shifting toward programs like ours. It just makes more sense to not spend 2 to 4 years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars when you don’t need to.

If you’re ready to add skills to your resume and become employable in a rapidly growing job field, give us a call today at (855) 432-2681 or make an appointment with one of our Career Advisors here.

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