Dental Assisting Overview

Dental Assisting

Dental assisting is an outstanding career for someone who is a stickler for details, driven to help people and enjoys hands-on work. Dental Assistants are an important part of any successful dental practice.

ATA’s Dental Assistant program will prepare you for a successful career as a dental assistant. Dental Assistants perform a variety of jobs, including patient care, office management and lab duties.

ATA’s Dental Assistant program overview:

  • 10-month fast track program
  • 300 hours of externship experience at an offsite Dental facility.
  • Flexible evening class times

In addition to the basic coursework for dental assistants, ATA also provides:

  • CPR certification for healthcare providers through the American Heart Association
  • Kentucky certification in Radiology Safety and Technique
  • 300 hours of externship in a dental office
  • Hands-on lab experience at an actual dentists office
  • Instruction from dentists and dental assistants
  • Training in 4 handed dentistry

Sample Courses

  • ANA 105 Basic Oral & Facial Anatomy (4 credits)
  • DEN 101 Intro to Dental Assisting (4 credits)
  • DEN 140 Advanced Operative Procedures (4 credits)

Career Choices

  • Oral surgery
  • Pedodontics (children’s dentistry)
  • General dentistry practices
  • Endodontics (root canals)
  • Orthodontics (braces)
  • Periodontics (gum disease)

Request Information

Classes are enrolling now! If you’re interested in this program or would like more information about ATA, please contact us online or call 502-371-8383 for more information.

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Dental Assisting

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