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Dental Assistant Program in Lafayette

Our dental assistant program in Lafayette is perfect for you if you want to launch a new career working in a dental office or any other dental setting. Your training at Delta College allows you to pursue a career in as little as seven and a half months.

Our dental assistant program will prepare you for employment as a dental assistant in dental offices and clinics. Graduation from this program provides you with the minimum requirements to sit for the National Registry Exam for Dental Assistants. It also sets you up for an advanced dental assistant course in expanded duties. Delta College has run a dental assistant school in Lafayette for many years now and is proud to have graduated many students over the years.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months

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If you are interested in becoming a business office administrator or in getting a diploma in Dental Assistance in Lafayette, Delta College would love to help you. In just seven and a half months, you can be trained for your new career!

Dental Assistant Occupation Information

See each topic below for more information about the potential of being a Dental Assistant.

  • Nature of the Work

    Dental Assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping, in a dental office. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

    Duties: Dental Assistants typically do the following:
    • Work with patients to make them comfortable in the dental chair and to prepare them for treatments and procedures.
    • Sterilize dental instruments
    • Prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials.
    • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures.
    • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses or other equipment
    • Instruct patients in proper dental hygiene
    • Process X-Rays and do lab tasks under direction of a dentist
    • Keep records of dental treatments
    • Schedule patient appointments
    • Work with patients on billing and payment

    Delta College’s dental assistant classes will prepare students to handle these duties and more in under eight months.

  • Job Outlook

    Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average for all occupations.

    Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014

  • Earnings

    The median annual wage of dental assistants was $34,140 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupations earned more than  the amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,080, and the top 10 percent earned more than $47,420.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014

Delta College in Lafayette Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Certifications available through NHA
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Day Classes
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Eligible

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