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DENTAL ASSISTING

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This 1-year certificate will provide dental assisting training – you'll  learn interpersonal and technical skills that will prepare you to fill in-demand dental assisting jobs.  They are mainly responsible for office, administrative and clinical duties.

Dental assisting is a great way to make sure the dental field is for you. If you're interested in health care areas, having a dental assisting credential is a great way to make your resume stand out from the rest.

*New* for fall 2021: A Choose Ohio First Scholarship is now available for dental assisting students enrolled for fall 2021.

Here's what one local dentist has to say about Lakeland's dental assisting program.

Administrative Responsibilities
  • telephone triage and scheduling
  • updating and filing patient medical records
  • billing and bookkeeping
Clinical Duties
  • taking vital signs and medical histories
  • prepping patients for examination
  • instructing patients (tooth brushing, flossing, etc.)
  • performing chairside during procedures
  • radiography (taking X-rays)
  • mixing dental materials as required by the dentist
Career Opportunities
  • Job outlook through 2029 is 7% faster than average growth*
  • Median pay in 2020 was $41,180*
  • Some area dental assistants go on to pursue the Expanded Functions and Duties Assistant program at Case Western Reserve University. Here they gain additional skills that can lead to increased responsibilities to grow their career.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited June 09, 2021).


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