Dental Assistant Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Dental Assistant

Expected Salary

$33,470

Job Growth

31%

These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A dental assistant is an integral part of a dentist’s office, providing services to patients who go to orthodontists, periodontists and physician’s offices. The ever-increasing need for dental assistants and dental hygienists is very high because of the great turnover within the field. If you want to become a dental assistant, you must be able to handle many different types of situations in addition to dealing with mounting paperwork.



A dental assistant’s job duties include:

  • Preparation of patients for certain procedures
  • Sterilization and preparation of dental equipment
  • Being able to aide the dentist/orthodontist, etc. during procedures
  • Maintaining office records and billing
  • Taking appointments

A dental assistant or hygienist also performs the rudimentary work of the dentist such as filling cavities, educating patients on tooth care, and cleaning patients’ teeth. Although hygienists are not allowed to diagnose, they work with dentists and may be able to point out some things that a dentist, whose patient load may be large, may miss.

The advantage of earning an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene is that schedules can be flexible and pay can be higher than average. Job requisites do vary nationwide but most dental assistants must obtain a license and an associate’s degree from an accredited online dental school. Other course work during the dental assistant program may include:

  • Nutrition
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diet and Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiology and microbiology
  • Anatomy and physiology

Upon completion of an associate’s degree which usually lasts two years, you can continue studying and transfer credits to an accredited online school to earn a more advanced degree. At that point, you may want to study the art of cosmetic dentistry, which is becoming very popular. Whichever you choose, a career as a dental hygienist can be very rewarding. You should have excellent people skills and have a good attention to detail, as well.

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National American University

National American University is about personal development and community. When you choose to attend NAU, you don’t just join a group of diverse students and faculty; you join a group of people from all walks of life sharing a unique experience.
Our staff is devoted to helping you balance your education with your personal and professional obligations – it’s our commitment. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.
You deserve an education. We provide the opportunity.

Why National American University?

The American Way

Everyone has a right to a college education. That’s why we offer numerous opportunities to help you earn your degree whether online, at a campus, or both. After all, your career ambitions are uniquely your own. And with our flexible study plans, relevant degree programs and personal advising from day one, so are your options. Because we believe you should get the opportunity you deserve. That’s the American Way.

Relevant degree programs for real-world success

Earning your degree is about more than just pursuing your passions. You want an education that will not only help you reach your goals but also prepare you for success in your real-world career. We offer over 60 relevant degree programs to help prepare you for today’s top growing industries including business, information technology, healthcare and more. And because we understand education is only as valuable as your instructor- ours bring real-world experience and success to the classroom and your education.

A personal advisor from day one

After decades of service to our students, we’ve learned how to help you succeed. That’s why our support starts before you enroll-and continues until graduation day. Let a personal advisor help you find the degree program that matches your career goals.

A university built around you

Life is busy. We understand. We provide you with options that make sense for your life with a variety of classes offered online or on-campus that help you start building your career skills from day one. We also work hard to make sure you get the credit you deserve by accepting credits earned from other colleges, and grant credit for military training and other real world experience.

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UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter our school, to graduation and beyond, we are right by your side. Our mission is to prepare students for employment by providing industry-relevant education and training within a positive, supportive and caring environment.

Whether it’s a career in the healthcare field, computers or business, UEI College is here to help. Our quality hands-on training will prepare you for real world situations.

Every member of our faculty and staff works hard to pass on their real-world knowledge and provide tools their students can use to excel in their chosen field and carry that knowledge on well past their time at UEI College. Many of our programs can be completed in as little as 8 – 9 months.*

Need help finding a job? Our career services department will assist you with your search, your resume and your interview skills. Need help paying for school? Our student financial services department will determine if you qualify for financial aid or even scholarships!

If you don’t have your High School Diploma, ask us about your options! As a student in one of our eligible career pathway programs, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your High School Diploma while you complete your career training! Best of all, the opportunity to complete high school is available to you at no additional cost!**

Our schools are accredited and ready to get you started on your path to success.

At UEI College, “We put U First.” ™

**Not all programs are eligible.

Not all programs available at all locations.

*Timing varies by program. UEI – Huntington Park, Anaheim, Chula Vista, El Monte, Encino, Ontario, San Marcos, Stockton, and Morrow are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACC

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Brightwood College

At Brightwood College, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Within the classroom, it is our mission to not only provide vocational training, but to help you develop the professional skills, values, attitudes and strategies that will enhance your potential for success on campus, in your career and through life.

The success of our students is our greatest success. Because when our students succeed, we’ve completed the job we set out to do: empower the courageous, and enable real and relevant change.

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Arizona College

Arizona College prepares students to work in the “real world” of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience. Arizona College also provides job placement services including interview techniques and preparing resumes.

Students at Arizona College can take advantage of many benefits. Arizona College students can get their resumes updated and receive job placement assistance at no charge. Whether looking for a part-time “survival” job while going through school, hoping for the right externship or looking for placement upon graduation, career development is available to help students through their search.

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Fortis College

At Fortis, our students get the skills and training needed for great careers in industries that are in demand. You are now closer to your dreams than ever before!

Fortis provides prominent education for anyone regardless of your previous educational background. Get the opportunity to receive all the personalized attention you deserve to achieve your career and educational goals!

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