Dental Assistant

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This program is available through North-West College.

As the Baby Boomer population ages, and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the demand for dental care.

Dental Assistants work with dentists and other oral health professionals to complete routine tasks in the dental office, allowing dentists to see more patients and spend their time working on more complex procedures. The need for well-trained Dental Assistants is greater than ever before as the number of dental offices continues to grow to meet increasing demands for preventive dental services.

Learn how North-West College can help you train to become a Dental Assistant and begin working alongside dentists, dental hygienists and other oral health care professionals in a dental office, clinic or other dental health facility.

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The Dental Assistant program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a variety of different dental and oral health care facilities.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Dentists’ offices
  • Dental clinics
  • Dental laboratories
  • And other health care related facilities

Quick Facts about Dental Assistants*

  • Employment of Dental Assistants is projected to grow 18 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.
  • Dentists are expected to continue to hire more Dental Assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and to spend their time on more complex procedures.
  • Most Dental Assistants work in dentists’ offices; however, opportunities may exist in other locations, such as public health organizations, dental clinics, with the government, in prisons, and in branches of military.
  • Most Dental Assistants work full time, but many employers offer part-time positions as well. Some specialty dental offices have night hours as well.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Dental Assistants in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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