Dental Assistant

10 Months - Diploma

Program Overview

The Dental Assistant program provides the student with the knowledge and hands-on practice in working along with a dentist in delivering care to the patient. The student is provided with the opportunity to prepare tray setups and work with dental instruments and materials. Students also learn the basics of x-ray filming, oral heath care, dental lab techniques, and other chairside assisting techniques. You are also given the opportunity to obtain skills working in an administrative capacity within the dental office. The program concludes with an externship to a local dental facility to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the person with little or no experience in the field.

Course Outline

  • Career Success Strategies
  • Dental Assisting Terminology
  • Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Foundations of Dental Assisting
  • Foundations of Dental Assisting Lab
  • Infection Control and Safety in Dentistry
  • Dental Radiology / Materials
  • Dental Radiology / Materials Lab
  • Dental Office Procedures and Insurance
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Specialties Lab
  • Dental Patient Assessment and Care
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Assisting in Restorative Dental Care
  • Assisting in Restorative Dental Care Lab
  • Dental Assistant Certification Review
  • Dental Assistant Externship

Certification Opportunities

The Dental Assistant program is designed to prepare the students to sit for the Dental Assistant National Board Radiology(DANB) Health & Safety exam and the DANB Infection Control Exam at the completion of training. Certification is not a requirement for graduation.
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Dental Assistant Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Dental Assistant Program

  • Affordable Smiles Inc., Meadville PA
  • Beautiful Smiles, Erie PA
  • Dr. Eric Van Damia, Erie PA
  • Dr. Edward Osborne DDS, Seneca PA
  • Summit Dental Associates, Erie PA
  • Northern Chautauqua Dental, Dunkirk NY
  • Armanini, Kolodychak and Basile, LLP, Erie PA
  • Valley View Dental, Allegany NY
  • Cole Orthodontic Associates, Ridgeway PA
  • Dr. Monika Kudla DMD, Jamestown NY
  • Fairview Family Dental, Fairview PA
  • Family Dentistry, Corry PA
  • Pine Orthodontics, State College PA

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Advantages of Great Lakes

Job Placement Assistance

All graduates get personalized job placement assistance from one of our dedicated Employment Specialists. They'll help you find employment (locally or anywhere in the U.S.) after you graduate and even help you years later should you need it.

Financial Aid

Paying for higher education can be confusing and intimidating. Our Financial Aid counselors will help make the process straight forward and help you apply for aid and scholarships

Hands-On Education

A big part of your education here will consist of hands-on training. You'll learn to use equipment used by professionals as well as work in labs that are similar to what you'll find in the field.

Experienced and Proven

Great Lakes has been educating residents of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We've trained thousands of students and have helped them begin exciting, lifelong careers in their field of study.


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