Dental Assistant Overview
If you are interested in a career that can help bring a smile to someone's face , then check out our Dental Assistant field. In 1.5 years, through our year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Dental Assisting.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.*
- Research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.*
- Dentists will likely continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and spend their time on more complex procedures.*
- As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed.*
- As the large baby-boom population ages, and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental assistants.*
Office duties may include:
- Clerical Billing
- Record keeping
- General Office Procedures
Patient-related responsibilities typically include:
- Preparing patients for examinations
- Conducting patient interviews
- Charting histories
- Taking vital signs
- Assisting during minor surgeries and laboratory procedures
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition
For more information about this program and its outcomes, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Dental Assistant Program Description
What You Can Learn in Dental Assistant
A Dental Assistant student is educated in:
- Clinical procedures
- Radiographic procedures
- Administrative procedures
Part of this instruction includes an externship so that the dental assistant student can experience a real world environment firsthand.
Where You Can Go in Dental Assistant
A graduate is likely to launch his or her career in an entry-level Dental position at a:
- Dental Office
- Dental Supply Manufacturer
- Hospital Dental Department
- Insurance Company
Future Possible Careers For This Program
Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13
How long will it take to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 15 months to complete.
48% of graduates from this program finish in this time.
The median time for graduates to complete this program is 16 months.
What is the total cost of this program for me?
At ECPI University, programs are competitively priced and are designed to help you achieve your goals. Through our year-round schedule, you could earn your Associate's in 1.5 years. That can give you the edge over students at other colleges who might still be attending class.
|Program Cost/Tuition Chart|
|Books & Supplies||$1,493.85|
|Tuition and Fees||$29,090.00|
Foundation course requirements can result in additional costs and increase the time to graduation. Actual cost may vary depending on actual time to graduate, and subject to any necessary tuition increases. (for all programs and schools)
Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13.
What are my financing options to pay for the program?
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates is:
|Federal Median Loans||$12,144.00|
|Private Median Loans||$0.00|
|Institutional Median Loans||$0.00|