Arizona Dental Assisting Program October 2, 2015 Education Share This Article Love to floss? Horrified at the thought of bad breath? Maybe it’s time you take your stringent oral hygiene habits pro. Dental assistants give dentists the proper support they need to provide great dental care to all their patients. Look no further than Arizona College’s dental assisting program! Study the dental assistant profession intimately, with hands-on instruction and modern dental equipment. Keep reading to learn what Arizona College’s dental assisting program can do for you. What Does a Dental Assistant Do? Dental assistants are the people you see before the dentist comes in. Their primary role is to aid the dentist in providing quality oral healthcare to all patients. Typical duties involve working alongside the dentist during examinations and procedures, keeping the patient’s mouth clean and dry with the use of suction devices, mixing material for restorative procedures, making dental impressions for restoration, creating and polishing crowns, and taking dental x-rays. Dental assistants can also perform clinical duties like charting patient dental histories, sterilizing equipment, providing patients with postoperative instructions, and preparing tray set-ups for dental examinations. A number of clinical and administrative duties may also be required depending on the specific dental practice. What’s Arizona College’s Program Like? Our dental assisting program takes four quarters, or around 38 weeks to complete (including the externship). Upon completion of in-class portion of the program each student embarks on an eight-week clinical externship to hone his or her skills in a real-world dental setting. Here are some of the reasons students love taking our dental assisting program: Accelerated morning and evening classes Peer Mentor Program Sessions starting every five weeks Financial aid available to qualifying students Open lab and tutoring sessions available by appointment Career Services placement assistance upon successful program completion With lecture and lab classes offered by our qualified faculty, we teach students the necessary skills to thrive both on the administrative and patient care sides of dental assisting. Check out our full list of dental assisting courses. What Do I Do After the Program? After you complete your eight-week clinical externship, we suggest getting certified in the dental assisting field. However, our Career Services team will also work with you to find the job to start your career. Where Can I Work? Most dental assistants work in small or medium-sized dental practices with one, or a small team, of dentists. However, there’s plenty of opportunity in more specialized practices as well. Check out some of the environments you could be working in below: General Dental Offices Orthodontic Offices Cosmetic Dentistry Offices Pediatric Dental Offices Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Offices We want to invite anyone interested in a Dental Assisting Career to visit our campus and learn more about our program. Complete the Request Information form to the right and an Arizona College representative will get back to you shortly!