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If you're interested in pursuing a career as a dental assistant, you may be interested in Penn Foster Career School's Dental Assistant Career Diploma program. Learn more about the program here.
Penn Foster Career School's Dental Assistant Career Diploma program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary for entry-level positions in dental assisting. Topics you may learn about include preventative dentistry, dental terminology, nutrition, disease transmission, and radiology. You may also develop basic business skills through this program. The Dental Assistant Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career Schools includes all of the materials, lessons, equipment, and learning aids you need to complete the program. You complete the program at home and at your own pace.
Previous knowledge of biology or anatomy may be helpful. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.
In order to complete this program, students must complete all nine instruction sets. Each set includes two to three lessons. Upon completion, you'll receive a review textbook for the dental assistant examination.
|Instruction Set 1||Learning Strategies |
Introduction to Dentistry and the Dental Assistant
|Instruction Set 2||Dental Terminology and Anatomy |
Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition
|Instruction Set 3||Cavity Classification and Charting |
Dental Law and Ethics
|Instruction Set 4||Dental Operatory: Patients, Instrumentation, Moisture Control |
Disease Transmission, Pathology, and Dental Emergencies
|Instruction Set 5||OSHA Regulations |
|Instruction Set 6||Pharmacology and Anesthesiology |
Dental Material 1
Dental Materials 2
|Instruction Set 7|| Dental Specialties 1: Endodontics / Periodontics |
Dental Specialties 2: Pediatrics / Orthodontics
Dental Specialties 3: Prosthodontics / Oral Surgery
|Instruction Set 8||Communicating in the Dental Office |
Business Administration for the Dental Assistant
|Instruction Set 9||Becoming a Professional |
Practice Management Software
If you complete this program, you may gain knowledge of how to complete dental procedures, dental anatomy, and infection control. This program may prepare you to work in a private dental practice, dental clinic, or government agency.
Students completing this program who wish to continue their education may pursue an associate's degree program. Associate's degree programs may provide you an opportunity to take additional coursework and develop new skills. Associate's degrees you could pursue include: