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. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
      • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Campus
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Hybrid
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Online
      • MS in Health Care Management - Campus
      • MS in Health Care Management - Hybrid
      • MS in Health Care Management - Online
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    4. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Office Specialist
      • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Widener University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
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    6. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma Program - Medical Office Specialist
      • Diploma Program - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
      • Certification - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Online Programs Available
    7. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Health Admin
      • MS - Health Admin Informatics
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • Masters in Health Care Administration
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Long Term Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Service Organization

Featured Schools

American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Campus
  • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Hybrid
  • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Online

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Brightwood College

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Certificate

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Widener University

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

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Virginia College

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

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University of Delaware

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Health Admin
  • MS - Health Admin Informatics

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