Course Code: GES121
Cindy Lamkin has been employed in the dental field for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in dental hygiene and holds Registered Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist credentials. In addition to practicing clinical hygiene, she has also worked in dental office administration and treatment coordination. Her career includes general dentistry, as well as specialty practices of periodontics, endodontics, pedodontics, and orthodontics.
There are no prerequisites prior to taking this course, however you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Basic computer skills are required. No healthcare or medical office work experience is required. A current CPR certification is required for employment, but it's not required for this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
Externship packet and dental smock will be provided upon acceptance into the Externship Program.
Clinical Dental Assistant Externship
The 40-hour Dental Externship is only offered to our Clinical Dental Assistant students. The application for the externship is within the course. You must have completed at least 80% of the course before applying, but will also have up to six months after completion to apply. The externship is not guaranteed. It is an optional part of the course, but highly recommended training for clinical assistant experience.
We will assist accepted externship students in finding local offices that they are interested in. You will need to pass a background check and a possible drug test. You will be asked to purchase liability insurance and be responsible for purchasing this on your own (usually $40 to $45 for an annual policy).
You will need to provide an updated resume, current CPR certification, and proof of current Hepatitis B vaccinations or a current negative test form provided by a doctor, depending on the state or dental office that has been selected for the externship. There may be more requirements depending on the state or dental office selected.
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT, CDA, AND DANB are trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc (DANB). This course is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.
The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) is a non-profit organization that has been certifying dental assistants for nearly 40 years. DANB boasts over 37,000 currently certified dental assistants nationwide, and its CDA and COA certifications have be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
ed2go was great throughout the course. I think overall it was great!"
I enjoyed everything about the course and my advisor was great!! I would recommend this course or any other course! Everything worked well for me and it was easy to understand and follow.
- A.G., Northern Maine Community College"
With my lifestyle it was great to be able to finish on my own time. I'm not really in a position to be in a traditional classroom, so this program was very helpful."
I enjoyed being able to work at my own pace without feeling rushed."
My instructor was great and very helpful whenever I had any questions. This program was very convenient for me with me working a full time job on top of trying to get an education."
My teacher was AMAZING! The student support was very helpful and overall it was a wonderful experience."
I liked that I was able to go at my own pace. I also loved the flexibility; being able to login day or night, whenever it was convenient for me. My facilitator, Cindy Lamkin, was very helpful and always responded quickly. The support I received was outstanding. Anytime I had a question or an issue arose, ed2go was right on top things!"
I enjoyed being able to learn at my own pace. Every time I sent an email to my facilitator I received a response within 24 hours. It was very convenient!"
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes, you will be prepared to take the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB). You’ll be eligible to earn Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification after you’ve completed at least two years of employment (a minimum of 3,500 hours accrued over a two to four year period); to do so, you must meet work experience and other eligibility prerequisites and pass the General Chairside component of DANB’s CDA exam, in addition to the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components. All three components must be passed within a five-year period. For information about the DANB exam, please visit: https://www.danb.org/Become-Certified.aspx.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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When you’ve completed this course, you’ll have the skills needed to work in a dental office. Regulations for the practice of dental assisting vary by state. To find out about the laws in your state, consult the Dental Practice Act, available through the Board of Dentistry. Passing the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components of the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam may enable dental assistants to meet requirements for performing certain expanded duties in many states. A dental assistant certified by DANB can often perform a larger set of expanded duties, depending on state laws and regulations. All of our students are encouraged to pursue certification. Completion of this online course will help entry-level students gain employment to fulfill the required work experience (a minimum of 3,500 hours accrued over a two to four year period) before taking the General Chairside component of the DANB CDA exam.
Certified Dental Assistant, CDA and DANB are trademarks of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc (DANB). This course is not reviewed or endorsed by DANB.
Certified Dental Assistants have passed the three components of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification Exam and have met the Board’s work experience requirements. While regulations vary by state, Certified Dental Assistants often take on more responsibility than those who are not certified. We encourage all of our students to pursue certification.
You will have a wide range of important duties as a clinical dental assistant. Your job will vary based on the dental office you work for and the state your work in, but some typical duties include: preparing patients for treatment, sterilizing tools, instructing patients on proper dental hygiene, passing instruments to the dentist during procedures, keeping records of treatments, scheduling appointments, processing x-rays, and working with patients on billing and payments. In a few states, dental assistants may be able to polish teeth, apply sealants and fluoride, and give topical anesthetics.
In many states, there is no specific type of training required of a dental assistant other than a high school diploma. A great way to set yourself apart and set yourself up for success in a career as a dental assistant is to complete an online training course like the Clinical Dental Assistant course from ed2go. After completing your online training course, it’s a good idea to sit for your Certified Dental Assistant certification to further show your commitment to the profession.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a clinical dental assistant is currently just under $38,000 per year. This salary can vary widely depending on your experience level, education, and location in the United States.
Yes, clinical dental assistants are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for dental assistants is very good. Employment is projected to grow by 19% through 2026 which is considered much faster than average. Ongoing researching linking good dental health with good overall health is driving this growth as demand for preventative services continues to increase.
Most dental assistants work a full time schedule of 40 hours per week, however there are some dental assistants that work part time. Many of the hours will be worked during the day, but depending on your dental office, you may be asked to work some evenings or weekends.
Almost all clinical dental assistants work in dental offices under the supervision of dentists, though some may find employment with the government or in physicians’ offices. Dental assistants work very closely with dental hygienists. In this position, you will need to wear surgical masks, safety goggles, gloves, and protective clothing to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. You will have the opportunity to sit, but you will also need to be on your feet for large portions of the day.
To be a good clinical dental assistant, you should be detail oriented and good at working with your hands. You will need to follow precise protocols, and you will work with your hands in tight spaces. You should also be a good communicator as well as a good listener. You will work directly with patients on a daily basis so a calm, friendly demeanor is a must. It’s important to have great organizational skills as well.
No, a dental assistant and a dental hygienist are not the same. A dental assistant directly supports a dentist with small, supervised jobs performed on patients’ teeth and administrative tasks in the office. A dental hygienist will work one-on-one with patients with less supervision. A dental assistant can practice after earning a dental assistant training certificate while a dental hygienist must obtain an associate degree in dental hygiene at minimum.
Yes, a dental assistant can become a dental hygienist by earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and passing the appropriate state-mandated licensing exams. If you are considering a future career as a dental hygienist, becoming a dental assistant is a great way to get into the industry and gain some experience while you earn your degree. Don’t wait to get started in a career you love.
No. Dental assistants are not responsible for cleaning a patient’s teeth. Only a licensed dentist or dental hygienist are allowed to clean teeth or remove dental calculus.