The employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you want to take your career to the next level, ATC can help you become a DANB certified CDA, and earn you EDDA certification from the State of Georgia.
Dental Assistants are competent in the technical areas of preventative dentistry; four-handed dentistry; chair-side assisting with emphasis in diagnostics, operative, fixed prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontic procedures, endodontic procedures, and surgical and expanded functions; dental practice management; and dental radiology. Students will be placed at two-three practicum sites out in the local dental community. At these sites the students will apply hands-on the role and duties of a dental assistant. After graduation, students have many options to grow professionally and expand their career. Graduates can work chair-side as a dental assistant, become a dental laboratory technician, or become an office manager. Currently the annual wage is $42,510 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If dental assistants want to continue their education, they could become an educator, or a dental consultant.
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The lab, classroom, and clinic area provide students with real-world dental office equipment and simulations. The program allows the students to move through the curriculum working on simulated manikins, to working on peers, to working on live patients in local dental offices.