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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
    Master's
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Leadership & Organizational Development
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Bachelor's
      • BS Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Health Administration
    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
      • Master of Health Administration
      • MPA - Health Care Administration
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    5. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Valdosta, GA

    Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

  • Ventura, CA

    Ventura Adult and Continuing Education

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Bellingham, WA

    Whatcom Community College

Featured Schools

Liberty University

  • DBA: Healthcare Management
  • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General
  • BS Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Purdue University Global

  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Master of Health Administration

What is your highest level of education?

Fortis College

  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Billing and Coding

What is your highest level of education completed?

Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor: Health Information Management
  • Associate: Health Information Management

What is your highest level of education?

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education