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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistants perform a variety of routine tasks in the dental office, ranging from patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments, allowing dentists to see more patients and spend their time working on more complex procedures.

The Dental Assistant program at Nevada Career Institute is a career-focused hands-on training program designed to teach you the skills you need to become a Dental Assistant and be ready to begin a rewarding career working with dentists, dental hygienists and other oral health care professionals.

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Job Growth Outlook:

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Dental Assistants

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26*

Dental Assistants
19%
Other health care support occupations
22%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2016:
332,000
Employment Change, 2016-26:
64,600
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
19%

Dental Assistant Overview

Dental Assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x-rays to record keeping and scheduling appointments. Specific duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

Dental Assistants routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Scheduling patient appointments.
  • Preparing patients and the work area for treatments and procedures.
  • Sterilizing and preparing dental instruments.
  • Assisting dentists during dental procedures.
  • Instructing patients in proper oral hygiene.
  • Processing x-rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist.
  • Recording and updating patient dental treatment records.
  • Working with patients on billing and payment.
  • Performing other chairside procedures.

 

*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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