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Dental Assisting Career Outlook

Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures. In addition, numerous job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave for other reasons.

Dental Assisting Career Paths

In addition to working chairside with the dentist, there are a variety of career options available for a licensed dental assistant that include:

  • Practice Manager
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Educator (may require additional education)
  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Training and Development Specialist

As a dental assistant, you will likely perform a variety of tasks including chairside assisting, patient education, taking radiographs, polishing teeth, taking impressions and much more. 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.

Dental Assisting Work Environment

Dental assisting offers a wide variety of career opportunities.  Upon graduation, the dental assistant will find that there are both full-time and part-time positions offering day and/or evening hours.

Dentistry offers a diverse range of clinical settings for employment.  There are large corporations that include many locations with multiple dentists at each site, and smaller private practices with only a few dentists. Dental assistants are also found in hospital settings, the military, and in school systems. There are opportunities to work chairside with the dentist, in an administrative position, or a lab setting.

Many dental assistants enjoy a fast-paced work environment while others may choose to work in a more relaxed atmosphere.  Within any practice, great attention to patient care is essential.

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .

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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