You can obtain dental assistant training at many community colleges and technical and trade schools. Programs usually involve classroom instruction, lab work, as well as hands-on training in dental offices. Programs vary in length, from one year for a certificate to two years for an associate degree. Many states require that dental assistants be licensed or registered, which involves taking a written exam. Some states have developed specific standards related to dental assistants who perform special services, such as radiological procedures.
Publish date: June 16, 2009