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Becoming A Dental Assistant Sounds Good.
Our Certified Dental Assistant Program is a licensure-qualifying program approved by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED), under the provisions of Office of the Professions (OP). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the New York Professional Dental Assisting Exam, leading to the New York State Dental Assisting license.
When enrolling in a Dental Assistant program it is very important that you enroll in a program that will enable you to become a New York State licensed certified dental assistant. The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants is the only school that is supervised by the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision that allows you to sit for the New York State Professional Dental Assisting Exam. For more on this issue click and go to NYSED Office of the Professions.
Non Certified Dental Assistants are qualified for fewer jobs and have to accept lower paying jobs than NYS Certified Dental Assistants. Be careful not to enroll in a program where you cannot become a NYS Certified Dental Assistant.
As a Dental Assistant you enter one of the fastest growing healthcare careers in New York City and much of the country. In fact, dental assisting is expected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the nation over the 2014-2024 Period with an 18 percent increase in employment opportunities anticipated. Further, job prospects for Dental Assistants are expected to be excellent for both full-time and part-time employment.
Earnings for Dental Assistants which vary, depending on experience, dental assisting credentials and practice location, are among those jobs generally paying higher than minimum wage. In fact, according to May 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Dental Assistants nationwide was $35,500. During the same period, the median hourly wage for Dental Assistants in Metropolitan New York including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk Counties was $16.68. The bottom 25th percentile was $14.03 per hour and the top 75th percentile was $19.63 per hour. With the New York State minimum wage currently at $9.00 per hour, high school graduates who want to earn more money and get ahead without a college degree can find the wage and benefits for Dental Assistants a real plus.
Dental Assistants are valued members of today’s dental care team. They work with dentists, dental hygienists, dental office receptionists and dental lab technicians providing dental care to patients.
Above all, Dental Assistants must be a second pair of hands for the Dentist. Their work is characterized by a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties.
Dental Assisting is one of the top careers in healthcare that does not require a college degree. In fact, with formal training from an accredited dental assistant school and a high school diploma or GED, individuals with no prior experience in the dental field can launch their career in under a year.
Dental Assisting can be a satisfying life-long career or it can serve as a stepping stone for advancement to more highly skilled and higher paying jobs within the dental field. With additional education or training, Dental Assistants often become Dental Hygienists, Dental Lab Technicians and Dental Office Managers. Either way, Dental Assisting is a great career with a bright future.
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Skills You Will Learn for Your Career.
- Layout Instruments & Prepare Materials------
- Prepare Anesthetic Syringes------
- Keep Patients’ Mouths Dry and Clear------
- Hand Instruments & Materials to Dentist During Procedures------
- Prepare Materials for Impressions and Restorations------
- Take Impressions & Make Casts of teeth------
- Remove Sutures------
- Provide Instruction on Postoperative and General Oral Care------
And so much more!
- Receive Patients, Schedule & Confirm Appointments------
- Update & Keep Treatment Records------
- Receive Payments & Send Bills------
- Order Dental Supplies and Materials------
- Disinfect Equipment & Treatment Areas------
- Sterilize Instruments------
- Take Dental X-rays & Process X-ray Films------
- Clean & Polish Appliances------
- Create Provisional Coverage------
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