Dental Assistant Associate's Degree Programs

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

Platt College

Find out where the future can take you with an outstanding college education. At Platt College, you’ll find the career-specific programs and training for the careers you really want. Come explore a variety of career paths that fit your lifestyle in a positive learning environment that combines real-world experience with small, private college instruction. Classes are conveniently scheduled during morning or evening hours to work around outside employment commitments. For working adults, Platt’s curriculum offers a way to continue earning a living while studying for a new career.

Campus
  • Anaheim
  • Los Angeles
  • Ontario
  • Riverside
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

College of Health Care Professions

Change your career! Change your life!

The College of Health Care Professions is a great place for working adults to enhance their current careers, or help themselves find new career pathways to better lives. We also train high school graduates to enter in the exciting high demand Healthcare industry.

Our programs are focused and centered on empowering you with the skills you need to enter the expanding and rewarding Health Care Industry. Learn only what you need to gain employment in your particular field, so you can get certified and enter the job market faster.

  • Dental Assistant
  • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing – Health Information Technology

*Some programs may only be offered at certain locations.

The College of Health Care Professions also features:

  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Job placement assistance to graduates
  • Tutorials for all programs
  • Convenient day and evening classes
  • Four convenient locations
  • Friendly customer service oriented staff

If you’re ready to forge a new direction in your life with better career options in the rewarding Health Care Industry, don’t hesitate to find out more about The College of Health Care Professions today!

College of Heath Care Professions is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission – Career Schools and Colleges. Authorized by the United States Department of Education for participation in the certain Title IV. HEA programs (Pell Grant Program and Federal Direct Student Loan Program). Regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services for LMRT and Massage Program. AN approved vendor of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). A provider of educational training for the Workforce Investment Act. Approved by Veterans Affairs to train eligible veterans.

The College of Health Care Professions – Austin
6330 East Highway 290, Ste 180
Austin, TX 78723

The College of Health Care Professions – Dallas
8390 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75243

The College of Health Care Professions – Fort Worth
4248 North Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76137

The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Northwest
240 Northwest Mall Blvd.
Houston, TX 77092

The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Southwest
One Arena Place
7322 Southwest Freeway Suite 110
Houston, TX 77074

The College of Health Care Professions – McAllen
1917 Nolana Ave
Ste 100
McAllen, TX 78504

The College of Health Care Professions – San Antonio
4738 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229

The College of Health Care Professions is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for both degree and non-degree programs.

Campus
  • Northwest San Antonio
  • Austin
Programs
  • Medical Assistant-Certificate

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.
h3. Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependants. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training
    Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Campus
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Lakeland
  • New Port Richey
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Jacksonville
  • Daytona Beach
  • Tampa
  • Clearwater
  • Miami
  • Ft. Myers
  • Tallahassee
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (Hybrid)

Southern Careers Institute

REACH HIGHER, GET HIRED

Take the step to get a new career today

SPARK SUCCESS WITH SCI

Southern Careers Institute has maintained a tradition of career training for over 50 years in Texas with campuses in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio & Online courses available to anyone, anywhere.

At SCI, we have made it our mission to provide our students with the training they need to be successful in a new career. We offer career training in Medical, Business, Skilled Trades, Cosmetology, & Technology programs. These certification-based programs are designed to make our graduates some of the most marketable job candidates.

We are Texas born, Texas proud.

YOU’LL BE SAYING “I GOT THE JOB
1,306 SCI students did in 2016*

WHO IS SCI?

SCI is a career-training school in Texas that motivates & educates you to get the job. Our mission is to ensure the long-term success of our students.

ACCREDITED
We are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and approved by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

BADGES & CERTIFICATIONS
Earn skill badges to showcase the hard & soft skills earned during your training to show employers your proficiency & prepare you for your state and national certification exams.

CAREER SERVICES
This is the A-Team! Career Services will help you build your resume & learn to answer those hard interview questions. We work with local employers & connect students to jobs.

KNOW YOUR PASSIONS & FIND A PROGRAM*
Who said your job had to be boring…

ALLIED HEALTH
Medical Assistant
Medical Billing & Coding
Medical Office Specialist
Nurse Aide
Pharmacy Technician

BUSINESS
Administrative Assistant
Business Accounting

SKILLED TRADES
Automotive Technician
Cosmetology
CMVO (CDL Driver)
HVAC
Welding

TECHNOLOGY
Computer Support
Full-Stack JavaScript
Software Developer

ONLINE
Business Accounting
Medical Billing & Coding
Virtual Workshops

“The instructors here at SCI, they are here for YOU. They were more than just my instructor. They’re like the mother, the father that you probably never had. They were that for me. Thank you for making me a better me.”
HARVEY
GRADUATE, AUSTIN CAMPUS

What are you waiting for?
Join the ranks of tens of thousands of SCI graduates.
Success starts at SCI. Let’s get there together.

*Based on graduates from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 who were placed in their field or a related field in accordance with reporting guidelines for the Council on Occupational Education.

Campus
  • Harlingen
  • San Antonio North
  • Pharr
  • Corpus Christi
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Southern Technical College

Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, Southern Technical College has the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into a new career fast!

What makes Southern Technical College for you?

  • Convenient Locations
  • Financial Assistance For Those Who Qualify
  • Hands-On Training
  • Small Classes/Individualized Attention
  • Career Placement Assistance
  • Morning or Evening Classes Available

Why Choose Southern Technical College:

  • Industry Experienced Instructors
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education

Financial Assistance and Availability

The financial aid team at Southern Technical College is committed to helping you find ways to finance your education. Our team is trained to help you overcome the financial obstacles that may be standing in the way of your education.

Southern Technical College participates in several of the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Financial Aid Programs, which are generally available to those who qualify. Visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information, learn more about the types of financial aid available, and consumer information, or contact your local campus to speak member of our financial aid team

Career Placement Assistance

Our career service advisors can help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, employer contacts, and the latest job search techniques. We have years of experience in helping graduates gain employment in great jobs with great companies, and we are ready to help you, too! We cannot guarantee your success, but STC has an excellent record of helping graduates find and keep jobs in their field of study. Success after graduation depends on many factors, and we are here to help you along the way!

Campus
  • Southwest Campuses: Tampa
  • Central Campus: Orlando
  • Central Campus: Auburndale
  • Southwest Campuses: Fort.Myers
  • Central Campus: Sanford
  • Central Campus: Brandon
Programs
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting (diploma)

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