Dental Receptionist: Career Diploma Summary

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A Dental Receptionist Diploma will give you the background you need to find employment as a dental receptionist in any size or type of dental practice. You will earn your diploma by studying courses such as dental terminology, tooth numbering, radiology, inventory control, and billing procedures. If this sounds like the career for you then read on!
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Why enroll in an Dental Receptionist Diploma program?

A receptionist in a dental office plays a very important role, as the receptionist is the first one to greet patients as well as being the one to schedule appointments, provide information, and process payment and insurance information.

Career possibilities

The dental field is one of the fastest-growing industries today, as an increasing and ever more health-conscious population requires more and more dental services, so your skills as a dental receptionist will be in demand anywhere you choose to go. You may also choose to use your knowledge of dental procedures to go on to pursue additional training as a dental hygienist.

Occupational Outlook

The number of dental receptionist openings is expected to grow more than 27% up until the year 2014, as reported in the 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BlS.gov). With your training, you should have no trouble whatsoever landing a job as a dental receptionist wherever you live.

Salary Information

Dental receptionists earn an average of $13.62 an hour, according to the 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BLS.gov). Most full-time dental receptionists also receive excellent benefits including paid vacation time, and 90% of dental practice employees (both part-and full-time) receive free dental coverage according to the American Dental Association (www.ADA.org).

Coursework requirements

  • Dental Office Procedure
  • Ethics
  • Dental Knowledge and Terminology
  • Office Administration
  • Tooth Numbering Systems
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Scheduling and Appointment Procedures
  • Communication/Telephone Skills
  • Inventory Control and Billing Procedures
  • Management of Insurance Plans and Claims
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Computer programs for the dental office

Skills you will learn

Upon completion of your diploma, you will be skilled in the following areas:

  • Dental education of the public
  • Insurance for dental patients
  • Accounts receivable/payable
  • Scheduling patients for appointments and treatment
  • Customer service
  • Dental terminology
  • Billing procedures
  • Communication skills
  • Telephone etiquette skills
  • Computer (programs for the dental office) skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • First Aid skills

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Information Management
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Health Science
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    2. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • MS in Health Care Informatics
      • MS in Nursing: Health Care Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
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    5. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
      • MS - Healthcare Management - Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management
      • B.S. - Health Care Management - Health Informatics
      • B.S. - Health Care Management
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    6. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma Program - Medical Office Specialist
      • Diploma Program - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
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    7. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Office Specialist
      • Medical Practice Management
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Certificate
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    8. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Health Administration
      • MS in Health Administration - Informatics
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    10. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Office Administration Certificate

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George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Care Administration

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
  • MS - Healthcare Management
  • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management

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Virginia College

  • Diploma Program - Medical Office Specialist
  • Diploma Program - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

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Brightwood College

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Practice Management
  • Medical Office Administration

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management

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