Clinical Dental Assistant

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES121
Hours: 240
Fees: $2095.00 USD


The Clinical Dental Assistant Online Training Program will prepare you to become a productive member of a dental team as a professional dental assistant. You'll learn about every aspect of professional dental assisting, including invaluable real-world perspectives from experienced dental assistants and essential information about anatomy and physiology, preventive dentistry, patient care and communication, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, assisting in specialty practices, employment strategies, and much more. Upon finishing this program, you'll be prepared to successfully complete the radiology and infection control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board* exam.

All materials are included. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

*CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT, CDA AND DANB are trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc (DANB). This program is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.


Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the progression of dental disease and preventive techniques
  • Identify the deciduous and permanent teeth and their functions, as well as anatomical landmarks of the head and neck
  • Identify the chain of infection, routes of transmission, and techniques used in sterilization and disinfection
  • Complete patient charting, take vital signs, and describe steps for emergency management
  • Set up trays for dental procedures and understand instrument transfer techniques
  • Expose and process quality radiographs
  • Identify dental materials and describe their uses
  • Describe the role of a dental assistant in each of the nine dental specialties
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