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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
    Fully CPD/CE Certified
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    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    7992 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    Let’s face it: few people enjoy going to the dentist. Even if you really like your dentist, and even if you have maintained good oral hygiene your entire life, that visit probably isn’t something you look forward to. Particularly if you have reason to believe you might need more than just a simple cleaning.

    Dentists know this, and for that reason, they tend to hire people who are committed to making those visits as pleasant as possible. Hygienists who are warm and bubbly, and assistants who know how to put patients at ease.

    If you’ve ever thought about becoming one of those dental assistants, it’s probably because you enjoy working with people and you like the atmosphere at your own dentist’s office. Maybe you have aspirations of becoming a dentist yourself one day, and working as an assistant seems like a great way to become better acquainted with the industry and all that job entails. Or perhaps you’re looking for a job with flexibility and a positive career outlook.

    What you will learn

    Whatever the reasons for your interest in this career path, there is a lot you have to prepare for before taking your place next to that dental exam chair.

    The modules have been created to help you better understand both how to enter the field, and what will be expected of you once you do. We’ll walk you through education and training requirements, and then guide you in on-the-job expectations, granting you a better understanding of the career itself and how you might fit within it.

    Because we could all use another friendly face making that visit to the dentist’s office that much more pleasant to endure.


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Career Outlook
    • Range of salaries/average salaries
    • Diversity of dental assistants/nurses
    • Potential for growth
    • Job availability
    • Perks of the Job
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Pre-planning for a career as a dental assistant/nurse
    Module 2: Required Training
    • Basic Dental Assisting Coursework
    • Expanded Functions Coursework
    • On the Job Training
    • Accreditation and Certification
    • Understanding Laws and Regulations
    • Ongoing Licensure Requirements
    Module 3: Finding A Job
    • Getting started
    • Checking Specific State Dental Laws and Statutes (U.S. only)
    • What to Look for in a Dental Assisting/Nursing Position
    • Letters of recommendation/References
    • Cover Letters
    • Resumes/CVs
    • Interviewing
    • Job Advancement
    Module 4: Patient Care
    • Positive Professional Dental Attitude
    • Professional Attire
    • Direct Patient Care Interactions
    • Indirect Patient Care
    • Communicating with the dentist
    Module 5: Beyond The Dental Chair
    • Maintaining Records
    • Scheduling Appointments
    • Processing X-rays and Lab Orders
    • Assisting with Billing
    • HIPAA Requirements


    Who is this course for

    This course has been specifically designed for those considering a career as a dental assistant.

    This Course is for anyone:

    • Hoping to find out about the career prospects for a dental assistant
    • Curious about what it takes to become a dental assistant
    • Interested in learning more about the day-to-day responsibilities of a dental assistant
    • Excited about making the leap to becoming a dental assistant

    Career path

    After completing this course, you could: 

    • Continue on the path towards becoming a dental assistant
    • Explore the dental industry, and decide if it is the career for you


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation