What is a Dental Assistant?

What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental Assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals who assist dentists with a variety of dental office procedures. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the Dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care.

How long is the Dental Assistant Program?

600 Clock Hours/Approximately 5 months

When will I attend classes?

Students enrolled in the Dental Assistant program attend classes Monday–Friday, 8:30a.m.–2:50p.m.

Where can I work as a Dental Assistant?

Dental Assistants are in high demand across the nation . . . but especially in West Virginia!! The request for skilled Dental Assistants currently exceeds the number of qualified candidates! Most dentists’ office around West Virginia use Dental Assistants.

What does it cost to attend the Dental Assistant program?

OIC recognizes that students are interested in making a real investment in their futures. The Dental Assistant program prepares you to enter your new career as a competent professional and provides you with the skills and confidence you need to be a part of the dental field. At OIC, we do our best to keep the cost of your training low. Click here to view a breakdown of the Dental Assistant tuition. If you have any additional questions concerning program costs, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

What services does OIC offer?

OIC is a student-centered agency. Our programs are designed to provide students with opportunities to be successful. We offer supportive counseling services, individualized tutoring, and referral services as needed.

What will I learn in the Dental Assistant program?

At OIC you will learn a variety of dental office skills, including four-handed chair side assisting, dental radiography, office laboratory procedures along with clinical and administrative skills. OIC’s Dental Assistant program provides students with an engaging hands-on curriculum that includes an externship in the dental field. For more information, please visit the Program Objectives.

Here are some of the learning opportunities you’ll be exposed to through OIC’s Dental Assistant Program:

• Four-Handed Chair Side Assisting
• Medical & Dental Terminology
• Medical & Dental Anatomy
• Dental Office Management
• Medical & Legal Ethics
• Patient Communication
• Dental Radiography
• OSHA Precautions
• HIPPA Compliance Training

Are there any prerequisites for the Dental Assistant program?

You must have a High School Diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. You must participate in an admissions interview and pass an entrance exam.

For more information about OIC’s Dental Assistant program, please contact Tara Rose, RDA, at Trose@oicwv.org

Will the credits I earn at OIC transfer to another school?

OIC Training Academy currently does not hold articulation agreements with any other institution. Courses completed at OIC may or may not transfer to other institutions. Students must contact the receiving institution to verify the acceptance of OIC courses. OIC does not accept credits or courses from other institutions.

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For program admittance, please contact our Admissions Office at 304.366.8142 or via email to oicfmt@oicwv.org.

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