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A top growth career in the booming field of healthcare.

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The Dental Assistant

In today’s dental practice, the dental assistant plays an integral role both in providing patient care, alongside the dentist, and performing administrative duties crucial to the success of a dental clinic. 

In addition to providing a thorough educational experience to each patient regarding their oral health, a dental assistant may:

  • Support the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
  • Expose radiographs (x-rays) utilizing both traditional films and digital technology
  • Fulfill the duties of a radiation safety officer for the clinic including monitoring compliance with state guidelines and assuring patient safety during radiation exposure
  • Serve as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Present post-operative care instructions to patients following surgical or restorative procedures.
  • Provide administrative support including electronic chart management, patient scheduling, insurance processing and billing, and patient communications.
  • Utilize various  dental materials and equipment including impression materials, waxes, cements, restorative materials, and bleaching trays to aid in patient care.
  • Perform a variety of expanded functions including but not limited to applying pit and fissure sealants, administration of nitrous oxide analgesia, placing rubber dams, taking impressions, mechanical polishing, fluoride application, and performing various orthodontic functions.
  • Assist the dentist in providing direct patient care in all dental specialties including orthodontics, pediatrics, periodontics, and oral surgery.

Professional dental assistants demonstrate exceptional time management skills, multitasking abilities, are detailed-oriented, and contribute to a positive team environment while focusing on patient care as a top priority.

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here .

To succeed in these growing career fields, Minnesota requires candidates to graduate from an accredited program.

  • Dental assisting graduates will be prepared to sit for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Licensing Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) exam to become a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA) in the State of Minnesota and earn the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA®) certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

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