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.

Dental Assistant Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now

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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Southeastern College

Southeastern College Offers Career Education Designed for Working Adults

As a student at Southeastern College, you will gain the training, skills, and knowledge you need to prepare for a rewarding career in occupations such as:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Surgical Technology and more

Programs vary by campus

Why Southeastern College

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern College a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student, and you will gain career skills in an educational environment that simulates the workplace, so you can begin using your education immediately on the job.

Additional benefits:

  • Prepare for a new career in as few as eight months
  • Learn from dedicated instructors in a caring, friendly learning environment
  • Financial aid is available to those who qualify
  • Career placement assistance is available for graduates

Contact us today to find out more about why Southeastern College is the right choice to reach your career goals.

ACCREDITATION
Southeastern College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, 2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 302, Arlington, Virginia, 22201. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Commission at (703) 247-4212.

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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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Elmira Business Institute

Take the fast track to your future at Elmira Business Institute!

Learn how you can get the training you need to begin a rewarding career in a field of high-demand. Complete and submit the form and one of our Admissions Representatives will be in touch soon to tell you more.

Advantages offered by Elmira Business Institute include:

  • Financial aid available for those who qualify
  • Accelerated, career-centered training in a wide range of industries
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Tuition planning
  • Lifetime career assistance
  • Two convenient campus locations

Complete one of EBI’s Certificate Programs:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • General Office Assistant
  • Small Business Management
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Office Assistant

Earn your Associate Degree:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Office Technologies
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist

EBI holds Accreditation through New York State Board of Regents, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

EBI is proud to support our country’s veterans and has been approved for veterans benefits.

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Fortis Institute

Welcome to FORTIS

At FORTIS, students are provided the skills and training needed to enter careers in industries that have employment opportunity over time. What industries you ask? FORTIS offers career education and training programs in the nursing, healthcare, medical, dental, business, information technology, skilled trades, massage and cosmetology career fields. That makes Fortis a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with a wide variety of educational choices!

FORTIS provides education and training for qualified applicants with the desire to better their career opportunities regardless of previous educational background. Now with forty FORTIS campus locations across the country in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia, more students have the opportunity to experience the FORTIS Difference!

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