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A top growth career in the booming field of healthcare.

Dental assistants now play a key role in dental offices across the country. As the demand for dental services continues to grow, these professionals are being called on to handle a broader range of responsibilities. Working alongside a dentist, their patient care work includes:

  • Handling instruments and operating dental equipment
  • Sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Taking dental x-rays and processing the film
  • Removing sutures
  • Applying topical anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth
  • Placing rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment

In addition, these professionals can also be involved in office-related tasks such as scheduling and confirming appointments, maintaining treatment records, handling patient payments and ordering supplies and other materials.

A great opportunity in patient care and support.


Dental Assistants who work beside dentists must remain alert and focused while standing on their feet most of the day. They need to aid the dentist while also making sure the patients are calm and comfortable.

A career as a dental assistant would be right for you if you:

  • Are very precise and detail oriented
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Have strong visual/spatial abilities
  • Have good communication and people skills
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Are interested in teeth and promoting oral health

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  • Graduates from Akron's dental assisting program will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) exam.
  • Akron graduates will also be qualified to apply for the Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate through the Ohio State Dental Board.


To succeed in these growing career fields, Minnesota requires candidates to graduate from an accredited program.

  • Dental assisting graduates will be prepared to sit for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Licensing Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) exam to become a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA) in the State of Minnesota and earn the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

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