Intra-Oral Dental Assistant: Diploma Description

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Intra-oral dental assistants are needed in a variety of places including dental offices, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. Being able to interact with patients is a big plus. Read more about this career below.
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Reasons to Earn an Intra-Oral Dental Assistant Diploma

Those who earn an Intra-Oral Dental Assistant Diploma will be qualified to find work in hospitals, clinics and dental offices. Students will be trained to give advice on proper oral care, including teaching people how to brush and floss their teeth, and how to recognize signs of tooth decay. Being able to stress the importance of good dental care will help people avoid problems later in life.

Intra-oral dental assistants will assist dentists by preparing examination rooms, cleaning instruments, taking x-rays and other office duties. This is a job that requires good interpersonal communication skills, a pleasant demeanor and an attention to detail. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the latest dental techniques and how to assist dentists before and during these procedures.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, those who earn Intra-Oral Dental Assistant Diplomas can expect to earn between $11.00 and $16.00 per hour. As more people retain there natural teeth as they age, the demand for dental assistants will increase. Many dentists, in an effort to grow their practices, will hire one or two assistants to help during the day. Intra-oral dental assistants should expect to work late on Fridays and Saturday mornings.

Required Courses:

The basic courses required for this diploma program include:

  • Dental hygiene
  • Nutrition and oral health
  • Dental equipment
  • Interpersonal communications

Skills Obtained:

The skills obtained from earning an intra-oral dental assistant diploma will enable students to find work immediately after graduating. This is because of the need for dental assistants and due to the skills that many programs provide.

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  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. College of Health Care Professions

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Dental Assistant-Certificate
      • Dental Assistant-Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

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    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
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      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
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    3. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Dental Assistant
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    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
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    5. South College

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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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      • Associate of Science in Health Science
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    Certificate
      • CERT Computed Tomography
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    6. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Expanded Function Dental Assistant
      • Dental Assisting
      • Sterile Processing Technician
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    7. CDI College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma in Dental Assistance - (Assistance Dentaire)
      • Diploma in Dental Assisting
      • Diploma in Intra Oral Dental Assistant
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  • Indianapolis, IN

    Indiana University

  • New York, NY

    New York University

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    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

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College of Health Care Professions

  • Dental Assistant-Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care

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Penn Foster

  • Career Diploma - Dental Assistant

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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South College

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Science in Health Science
  • CERT Computed Tomography

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Fortis College

  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assisting
  • Sterile Processing Technician

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CDI College

  • Diploma in Dental Assistance - (Assistance Dentaire)
  • Diploma in Dental Assisting
  • Diploma in Intra Oral Dental Assistant

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