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Dental Assistant

Dental assistants are an integral part of nearly every dental office. With the ability to perform both medical and administrative tasks, a good dental assistant helps to ensure a safe and productive visit for patients.

Stratford's Dental Assistant course offers students a well-rounded education on a variety of both medical and administrative skills that are essential to working in the dental profession. These include learning dental anatomy and dental instruments, as well as how to assist patients, make charts, and label x-rays.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Dental Assistant jobs is projected to increase by 7% through 2029 which is faster than average.*
Introduction to the Dental Assistant Profession
A brief history of medicine
Dealing with patients
Preferred traits and qualities
Medical law and medical ethics
Daily duties of the dental assistant
Appointments and reports
Job search and employment opportunities

Basic Dental Science
The dental healthcare team
Psychology, communication and multicultural interaction
Ethics, jurisprudence and HIPAA
Oral health and preventive techniques
General anatomy and physiology
Head and neck anatomy
Embryology and histology
Tooth morphology

Clinical Dental Procedures
Infection control
Management of hazardous materials
Preparation for patient care
Dental charting
Emergency management
Dental office and chairside assisting
Chairside instruments and tray systems
Instrument transfer and maintaining the operating field
Anesthesia and sedation

Dental Radiography and Specialties
Radiography and equipment
Production and evaluation of radiographs
Extraoral and digital radiographs
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Oral pathology
Pediatric dentistry
Enamel sealants

Restorative Dentistry and Office Management
Periodontics and coronal polish
Fixed prosthodontics and gingival retraction
Cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening
Removal prosthodontics
Dental cements, bases, liners and bonding agents
Restorative materials, dental dam, matrix and wedge
Laboratory materials and techniques
Dental office management
Employment strategies
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date course textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition
Dental Assistant Program

"This course has helped build my knowledge in my field and gave me more confidence in my job."

Amanda C.