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Last Class of 2017 Begins 12/13/17



A year is almost at it’s close !!! Wow where did 2017 go?! SO much has happened here at DAAPB we are sad to say that our last classes for 2017 are beginning very soon. One is Thursday 11/28 and the very last class of 2017 will begin 12/13 so you have one chance left to start your journey to be an EFDA dental assistant before 2018 begins. Also if your ready to start the new year with a new you and a new career you can begin in one of our 2018 classes! There will be a few classes starting in January it’s never to late !! Come in and plan for your future!

What is a Dental Assistant ?

What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental assistants prepare patients for treatments and teeth cleanings, plus sterilize instruments. You may think every scrub-wearing worker in the dentist’s office is either a dentist or dental hygienist. Some of them are, but some of the other professionals performing integral tasks in running the office and facilitating care are actually dental assistants. They often assist dentists during procedures by using suction equipment to clear patients’ mouths. Dental assistants might also process oral X-rays and help maintain patient records. Depending on their licensing and certification, dental assistants might help with fluoride and sealant applications and polishing teeth and dentures.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there should be more than 58,000 new openings for dental assistants up to the year 2024. That amounts to 18 percent employment growth, which is much faster than the average for all professions. There are several reasons for the increased openings, including the fact that current generations take better care of their teeth than either their parents or their grandparents, and they regularly visit a dental office. Expanded health insurance coverage has also led to more patients, which should drive the demand for dental assistants in dentists’ offices and outpatient care centers.

Quick Stats

  • $35,980MEDIAN SALARY
  • How Much Does a Dental Assistant Make?

    The pay scale for dental assistants ranges from about $24,950 to $50,660. In 2015, the average pay for dental assistants was $36,920, and the median pay was $35,980.

What Type of Education Do Dental Assistants Need?

Dental assistant is one of the few jobs we cover that doesn’t necessarily require formal training. But it should, says Claudia Pohl, former president of the American Dental Assistant Association and a veteran in the field with more than 35 years of experience.

“The responsibilities of dental assistants are expanding, partially to facilitate more people getting access to care in this country when they can’t afford to visit a dentist,” Pohl says. “It’s not in patients’ best interests to receive treatment from someone who isn’t fully qualified.”

Check your state’s requirements to know the training, certification and licensing you’ll need to begin work. An accredited program lasts for one to two years. For certification, a dental assistant must pass the Certified Dental Assistant exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.

In Florida you need your EFDA, Radiology and CPR which you can get at Dental Assisting Academy of the Palm Beaches in 8 weeks 1 day a week with 55 hours in a dental office!

Working as a dental assistant is also an excellent launching pad to become a dental hygienist or dentist. The licensing and training are slightly different for each of those positions, but the experience an assistant receives while working with patients, learning safety procedures and navigating the logistics of a dental office could be particularly beneficial for advancing in the dentistry field.

Last Classes of 2017 Enrolling Now!

Its almost your last chance to begin your journey to become an EFDA Dental Assistant this year! Get started and graduate early January 2018. Classes enrolling now for Thursday 11/30 and Tuesday 12/13 do one more thing for yourself this year and start a new career and change your life!