Chesapeake Dental Assistant Certification

Dental Assistant CertificationChesapeake, VA

Dental assisting is quickly becoming one of the most popular, sought-out careers in the field of dentistry. While not all states require licensure, attaining certification sets one dental assistant apart from the rest. We provide an accredited dental assistant certification upon completion of our coursework and training program. Not only are our students certified, but they are also fully equipped to work in a dental office right after graduation.

At Dental Assistant Teaching Academy, we provide students with the tools, education, and training they need to pass their exams and get certified. Our team is passionate about oral health, dedicated to teaching and training students that will become advocates in the future. To learn more about our program, certification, or schedule an appointment, call 757-204-2114 today.

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Dental Assistant Certification

There are a variety of pathways one can take to become a dental assistant. Some states do not require licensure, certification, or training and allow dental offices to train their assistants on the job. However, DANB’s Salary Survey found that certified dental assistants make $2 more, on average, than non-certified dental assistants.

The DANB, Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., is the official, nationally recognized certification board for dental assistants. As an accredited program, the Dental Assistant Teaching Academy grants students a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification upon completion of our program.

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Steps in Becoming Certified

To earn a CDA certificate at Dental Assistant Teaching Academy, students are required to complete:

  • 3 months of classes and coursework
  • Onsite hands-on chairside and lab training
  • 96 hours of internship or externship

As a part of DANB’s certification requirements, students who want to become certified by DANB must also pass the General Chairside Assisting (GC), Infection Control (ICE), and Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exams. However, this is not necessary to earn the CDA certificate here at Dental Assistant Teaching Academy. We ensure that students are able to perform chairside assistance, infection control, and radiation through their training before completing the program.

Benefits of Certification

There are numerous benefits to becoming a certified dental assistant, aside from the salary increase. For one, students gain a tremendous amount of knowledge in the dental field, from assisting a dentist right hand to conducting important patient documentation. This leads to dental assistants who are more confident in what they do and the importance of their work in a dental office.

According to DANB’s 2018-2019 Dental Assistants Salary and Satisfaction Survey, “CDA certificants receive numerous other benefits including paid vacation and holidays, a retirement plan, health insurance and paid sick leave.” The same survey found that 95% of DANB certificants viewed dental assisting as a career and, 89% were highly satisfied with their job. The benefits for a career attained in less than a year far outweigh the hardships.

Post-Certification Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, students have a plethora of opportunities depending on the specialty they choose to work in. Our program caters to students seeking to assist a general dentist. As such, our dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists and work closely with dental hygienists on a daily basis. However, aspiring dental assistants can also choose a dental specialty, such as periodontics or orthodontics.

After working in the field for a number of years, dental assistants can further advance their careers by obtaining an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree to become a dental hygienist. They may also choose the path of a general dentist, dental radiology technician, oral therapist, or oral surgeon. A dental assistant certificate can be transferred as credits in starting a degree program and helps pave the way for more advanced careers in dentistry.

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We can help you attain a dental assistant certificate and the knowledge and training that goes with it. The Dental Assistant Teaching Academy team looks forward to meeting you and getting you started on the path to becoming a dental assistant in the near future. Call our office at 757-204-2114 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Assistant Certification

How long does it take to become a certified dental assistant?

The average duration of a dental assistant certification program is nine months to a year. However, our condensed programs allow patients to both learn and work in a dental office to help them obtain their certificate in as little as three months or up to six months.

How long will it take me to find a job after completing a dental assistant certificate?

Each person is different in the skills and qualifications they bring to the table. We have students who find a job immediately after completing the program. At the end of the program, we will help each student find a placement position, and each student will receive a recommendation letter.

Will I be able to work anywhere with my dental assistant certification?

Our students receive a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificate after completing the program. This allows them to work across the nation and is accredited by most institutions. In most cases, dental assistants can work without certification and are trained on the job so that a CDA certificate will put them in a higher position for employment.

Are exams required for certification?

There are a few exams that are required for certification by the DANB, including the General Chairside Assisting (GC), Infection Control (ICE), and Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exams. However, as part of our program, students take a midterm and final exam that are sufficient for completing their certification.

What opportunities does a dental assistant certificate grant me?

Dental assisting is a career on its own. Many dental assistants choose to advance their careers by becoming dentists or dental hygienists. They may also branch out into various dental specialties, such as orthodontics or periodontics.

Contact Us

Dental Assisting Teaching Academy is located at 369 Johnstown Rd. Chesapeake, VA 23322.

(757) 204-2114