Train for a Career in Dental Assisting

Career Step's Dental Assisting program is a fun and engaging solution that will prepare you to get certified and working in the dental industry. As a dental assistant you can earn a great income and develop professionally in a field experiencing continual growth. Starting down this career path with Career Step offers several benefits:

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Positive employment outlook

Dental assisting jobs are expected to grow by 19% through the year 2026 giving you a great opportunity for continued employment.

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Financial security

Dental assistants enjoy competitive wages with average salaries of $37,630 and the potential for employment benefits.

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Fulfilling career

Dental assistants find their jobs extremely satisfying because they interact with new people every day and help them achieve a beautiful smile.

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National certification

 Prepare for the RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) and NELDA (National Entry Level Dental Assistant) certification exams

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Quick completion timeline

The program is designed so you can be trained and working in a matter of months, with the flexibility to finish your course on your schedule.

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Affordable training

Career Step’s Dental Assistant with Externship training is among the best, and you can gain the skills you need for success for only .

Join with more than 140,000 Career Step learners and take the first step down a fulfilling career in the dental care field. From start to finish, you will have the flexibility to learn at your own pace and change your life.

Dental Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential

What will I be doing as a dental assistant?

Dental assistants are a crucial component to a properly functioning dental office. They cover a wide range of responsibilities and contribute to the patient’s overall care. Here are a few key tasks:

  • Assist the dentist during dental procedures
  • Sterilize instruments
  • Take dental impressions
  • Manage office records, including billing and paperwork
  • Greet and care for patients
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments
  • Instruct patients on proper oral care
  • And more

This considerable list of duties will require good communication skills and an extensive knowledge of dental procedures and dental care.

How much can I earn as a dental assistant?

Naturally, wages will vary by state and by employer, but according to the U.S. Department of Labor the middle 50% of dental assistants earn $37,630 a year.

What is the job outlook for dental assistants?

The job outlook is positive! The U.S. Department of Labor reports that demand for trained dental assistants will continue to grow by 19% through 2026. Many dental assistants find the career fun and very rewarding because of the unique challenges and new people they meet each day.

Dental Assistant with Externship Training Program

How long will the training take?

Career Step’s online Dental Assisting program is designed to take 270 hours to complete. The benefit to studying online with Career Step is that you can set your own pace and take as long as 12 months to complete the course.

What will I be learning?

The Dental Assisting training program is broken into several bite-size modules that will teach you the skills you need to be effective in your career as a dental assistant. The training program covers:

  • General dentistry
  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Extraoral and intraoral imaging
  • Principles and techniques of instrument processing
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • And more

The online program provides instructional videos, images, and quizzes to test your knowledge throughout the course and help you increase your retention. You also have simulations, allowing you to enhance your learning experience with “hands-on” practice.

Is an externship included in my training?

A professional externship is included with your learning experience giving you actual hands-on practice. Externships provide an enriching opportunity to network with professionals in the dental care field and complement your resume. This physical training consists of 120 hours at a local dental office and is conducted under the supervision of a dentist, dental technician, or dental assistant. You will also have the opportunity to observe and work chair-side with the dentist and staff.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the Dental Assistant with Externship program? Download the Program Brochure or Learning Objectives to learn more.

Dental Assistant with Externship Online Program Pricing

How much does the dental assistant with externship training cost?

You can sign up for the Dental Assistant with Externship program for one low price of .

This will give you 12 months of access to the Dental Assistant with Externship training program, allowing you the flexibility you need to complete the training anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. The simulation, materials, and a 100-hour externship included with your course gives you all the training and hands-on experience you will need to be successful in the workplace.

Are payment plans or financial assistance available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable training experience. We can even provide financing with payment options when needed.

What is included with my training program?

Everything you need to succeed is available with your Career Step program:

  • Complete online access to expert-created training
  • Simulations and all course materials
  • Unlimited support by email throughout the duration of your course
  • An externship of up to 100 hours upon completion

Do MyCAA grants cover the Dental Assistant with Externship program?

Yes. Military spouses can receive a MyCAA grant covering up to $4,000 in program expenses. The MyCAA program covers 100% of the cost of Career Step's approved programs, so you can get your tainining with no out-of-pocket expense. If you have questions about this program, please call 855-261-7366 to speak with a dedicated military advisor and find out if you qualify today!

Dental Assistant with Externship Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about training in the Dental Assistant program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about the online training.

With an aging population and continued research in oral health the dental care industry is growing at a rapid pace. Many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for dental assistants will grow by 19% by 2026.

The U.S. Department of Labor report states that dental assistants earn between $26,170 and $53,130 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a dental assistant.

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares learners to work as dental assistants. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right training; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your training into a job.

Choose Career Step for the quality training you need to take your next career step into dental assisting.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. No specific skills or experience are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program. Learners will also need to pass a criminal background check and provide proof of current immunizations before signing up.

The didactic portion of the Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or program subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a dental assistant.

Career Step offers personalized, post-completion resources for your job search, including:

  • Personal consultation with an advisor
  • New job opening notifications
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to Career Step's help hotline for 6 months after course completion

These resources offer the personalized help you need after you complete your program to transition to the workplace.

Your program provides everything you will need to train for a successful career as a dental assistant. Your program includes the following:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • One-on-one help from learner and technical support
  • Add on an externship covering patient care

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