Dental Assistant

If you are a "hands-on" person, enjoy people, like fast-paced work, like variety, and enjoy the thought of helping people; then Dental Assisting might be for you. 


Salary Range Potential:
$37,000+ /YEAR

Education Required:
Community College or Technical Degree

Skills Needed:
Problem-Solving, Mathematics, Communication, Critical Thinking

Types of Employers:
Dental Offices

Job Description

Dental Assistants help a Dentist work on patients in a dental office or clinic. They take dental x-rays, make study models, help with dental procedures, do coronal polishes, apply sealants, and maintain infection control of dental operatory, instruments, and equipment. They calm patient's fears, maintain patient's dental records, make appointments, answer the telephone, and help with patient oral healthcare education.

  • Dental Assistant- $37,000

  • Cashier - $20,880

  • Waitress/Waiter - $20,770

  • Fast Food Workers - $20,770

  • Security Guard - $26,170

  • Private Sector - $41,600

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Training Opportunities

Dental Assistant

The Dental Assisting curriculum is a one year program of study designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the dental assisting field. The program includes lecture hours, lab hours, and supervised clinical experiences. In the clinical experience, the student will assist the dentist at chairside in private offices and agency dental clinics.

Example of Class Types
Radiology | Dental Impressions | Crown & Bridge
Day or Night Classes:
Day Classes

Pre-requisites required:
High School Diploma or GED | Minimum 18 ACT Score

Length of Program:
3 Semesters - Technical Certification

Summary of Program Requirements:
High School Diploma or GED | Minimum 18 ACT Score

Skills Needed
Problem Solving | Mathematics | Communicator | Flexibility | Critical Thinking

Hinds Community College

Jackson Campus

Valeria Winston

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