According to a recent study, there are over 300 000 dental assistants working in the United States. Good news is that number will rise to an estimated rate of 18% between the years 2014 and 2024.
Now is a good time to become a dental assistant!
If you have had a dental appointment recently, chances are a dental assistant helped you, whether it was getting x-rays, learning how to clean your teeth, teaching you the treatment procedures, and keeping track of your cleaning files.
If you want a job where you can brighten up people’s days, helping them maintain oral health, and bringing smiles to your patient’s faces, then becoming a dental assistant is the perfect fit for you.
But how exactly does someone become a dental assistant? What education do you need, and what salary will you make?
In this article, we will cover registered dental assistant training and everything you need to know.
Let’s jump into it!
1. Complete High School Requirements
You must be a high school graduate or have a GED in order to enroll in a Registered Dental Assistant Training.
2. Enroll in a Registered Dental Assistant Training Program
The training to become an RDA is through a dental assistant diploma or a certificate program, at either a community college or tech college.
These programs typically last one year, which is two to three semesters and can cover classes such as:
- Dental Pharmacology
- Dental health education
- Orofacial anatomy
- Dental sciences
- Dental radiography
- Infection control
- Dental materials
- Dental office administration
Depending on the program, you will be covering all of these topics, or more.