Dental assistants are in great demand. It is a career with security, variety, prestige and respect – factors you value in the workplace. Employment is expected to grow 39 percent from 2008 to 2018 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population keeping their natural teeth and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations create this increased demand for dental services. Job opportunities can be found in private and group practices, clinics within local hospitals, in the armed services, or as an instructor in a dental assistant program. Dental assistants are members of the dental care team who perform a wide variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Under the supervision of a dentist, the dental assistant prepares all instruments, materials and equipment used in dental procedures, takes dental radiographs (x-rays), assists the dentist in all procedures, provides oral care instruction to patients and performs office administration tasks. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB, www.danb.org) is the nationally recognized premier certification and credentialing agency for dental assistants. The DANB examinations are required or recognized as meeting regulatory requirements in more than thirty states. McCann graduates are eligible to take for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination as administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611-3985, tel. 1-800-FOR-DANB.
Resources for Prospective Students
- Mass Dental Assistants
- American Dental Association – Dental Assistant Introduction
- American Dental Association – Dental Assistant Fact Sheet
To obtain a copy of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and Infectious Diseases Standard go to: www.osha.gov and reference to standard- 29CFR 1910.1030.