Description: Palmetto School of Career Development’s Dental Assisting Chairside course is designed to provide our students with the maximum amount of hands-on training, in the shortest amount of time, so you can begin your new career immediately. Our trainings include the most up-to-date techniques and make use of the best technology available. This course is stimulating, fast-paced, and relies heavily on individual participation.

Dental Chairside Assistants perform a variety of important tasks in the dentist’s office. In general, they act as a second set of hands for the dentist during procedures by passing instruments, prepping patients, and taking dental X-rays, among other vital duties.

Course Length: 18 weeks including 140 hours of lecture and hands-on clinical training in an actual dentists’ office.

Time: Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm (1-hour break for lunch). Lectures are in the morning and clinical training is in the afternoons.

After Graduation: Our dedicated Career Advisors coordinate internships with local dental offices and assist students with finding employment after graduation.

Working in a dentist’s office is exciting and rewarding but still leaves plenty of time to spend with friends and family on nights and weekends. Some dentists’ offices are even closed on Fridays, meaning every weekend is a 3-day weekend!

Topics Covered Include:

  • 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.

Palmetto School of Career Development's courses are designed to be fast-paced and focused on the training you'll need to obtain a career in a high-demand field. The process is simple:

Attend our Dental Chairside Assisting Course and complete all of the assignments, quizzes, and tests associated with that course.

Take the Radiology (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exams through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Apply to work in a dental office. After obtaining employment, spend 300 hours on the job, and then apply for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification.

Ready to get started? Contact your local Career Advisor to set up an appointment or attend one of our open house events, or enroll now!

Average annual pay for Dental Chairside Assistants is $37,630 which translates to $18.09/hr.

The number of Dental Chairside Assistant jobs in the US is expected to increase by 19% between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than the national average.