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Is it hard to become a dental assistant?
Like learning any skill, becoming a dental assistant takes some hard work! However, compared to many other careers, dental assisting in Wisconsin requires no formal education, degree, or license. As long as you are motivated and ready to learn, our hands-on program will give you all the training you need to get a good job.
Is a dental assistant the same as a dental hygienist?
No. To someone just visiting a dental office, it may be hard to tell the difference, but each position has different requirements and duties. Dental hygienists generally have an associate’s degree (some continue their education for a bachelor’s or master’s degree) and take a state exam to get a license. While a dental assistant generally works alongside a dentist, dental hygienists often work one-on-one with patients.
Are dental assistants in demand?
Yes. Dental assistants are in the top 30 most in demand occupations in Wisconsin, with an approximate annual growth of 2.1%.
Are dental assistants licensed?
No, dental assistants do not need a license in Wisconsin. While many dental offices will train DAs on the job, they love hiring dental assistants who already have the skills and knowledge they need to do the job.
How much is dental assistant school tuition?
Our Wisconsin Dental Assistant School tuition costs $3,450, which must be paid in full before the start of class to reserve your spot. The required textbook is $167, and the optional workbook costs $44. Students must also purchase at least one ceil blue lab jacket and scrub bottoms.
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How long does it take to become a dental assistant?
Although there is no special certification, license, or education required for dental assistants in Wisconsin, most dentists want to hire someone who is already trained by an accelerated program like ours.
Most of our graduates are hired as dental assistants within a few weeks of completing the 10-week course.
How much do dental assistants make a year?
According to statistics from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014, dental assistants earn between $24,580 and $49,540 depending on education, experience, location, and other factors. The median annual salary is $35,390 (half of all dental assistants earn more and half earn less than this number).
What is the job outlook for a Dental Assistant?
The career outlook is very good and the projected outlook on top of that is a 30% increase through the year 2020, as stated by the Dental Assistant National Board.
How are grades determined?
The grading is 50% from written quizzes, and 50% from hands-on clinical performance. An overall grade of 70% is required for successful course completion.
What are the written quizzes, midterm and final exam like that is 50% of my grade?
The written quizzes are true/false, multiple choice, and word matching.
What type of uniform and shoes are required?
A solid color of light blue (ceil blue) lab jacket and pants are required for women and men. Shoes should be predominantly white or black and cover your feet entirely. No large holes or open backs are permitted in shoes. Scrubs and clean white or black tennis shoes are worn to all 10 Saturdays. Shop dental assistant school uniform online now.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, personal check, money order, cashier’s check, debit card, major credit cards.
Can a financial arrangement be made?
Yes. Speak to a director about financial arrangements.
Does tuition need to be paid prior to the start of class?
How often are classes held?
Classes are held three times per year. Contact us for the next start date. Spots fill quickly!
Where do I apply?
Our website has an application page that is short and easy to fill out. Once submitted, a staff member will be contacting you soon.
What do I get at the successful completion of this course?
You will receive a Course Completion Certificate and a Dental Assistant Pin at the course completion. The Certificate shows that you successfully completed this State of Wisconsin Approved Course in Chairside Dental Assisting.
Do I have to have any healthcare experience to take this class?
Not at all.
Are there any pre-requisite courses I have to take before I am accepted?
What type of work environment does a Dental Assistant work in?
A Dental Assistant will work in a highly respected profession in a professional environment in healthcare. Most Dental Assisting careers are weekday positions and daytime hours.
What kind of Dental Assistant job could I get after successful completion of this course?
Most Dental Assistants work for General Dentists. Many graduates also work in specialty dental practices, like orthodontics, pediatrics, oral surgery or endodontics. Others have also accepted positions in a Dental Lab, Dental Insurance Company, or a business office position in a dental office.
What does a Dental Assistant do?
A Chairside Dental Assistant in a dental practice will be working with the dentist and the dental team. She/he will have duties such as: chairside assisting the dentist with instrument passing and suctioning, taking dental x-rays, sterilization and disinfection procedures, impressions and more…. It is helpful to have multi-tasking skills, organizational skills, and above average hand-eye coordination.