Dental Assistant

Workforce Development | Medical

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Program Description

This program provides knowledge in patient care and the healthcare industry through pre-certification preparation.

The need for healthcare workers continues to rise, with the industry projecting a 13 percent growth from 2021 to 2031. In all, around 1.9 million job openings each year will be created ( For employers in this sector, having effectively trained employees is essential to meet the health care needs of our communities.

Understanding the high demand for training in the healthcare industry, our courses are designed using evidence-based practice to optimize the skill development that promotes excellence in patient care and prepares individuals to successfully pass industry certification exams. Following completion of their course, students will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are necessary for entry-level work in these occupations.

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Dental Assistant

What You'll Learn

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The skills necessary to be an entry-level chair-side dental assistant.

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Clinical experiences to put classroom learning into practice.

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Legal aspects of dentistry and its history

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Oral anatomy, tooth structure, the oral cavity and other related areas

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Dental operatory facilities and equipment

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Career Outlook as a Dental Assistant

With a growing workforce of over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest-growing occupation in the healthcare technician field.

The average base salary is $45,393.

The projected 10-year growth of dental assistants is 18%.

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Growing up in rural Potter County, Pennsylvania meant if I wanted good educational and employment opportunities, I would have to move. When NPRC started offering classes less than 30 minutes from my home (almost an hour closer than the next closest college), my future was no longer dependent on living in a more urban area. I received a quality education without spending the tens of thousands of dollars on room and board a traditional school would have required. And now, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the team making this story possible for so many other people in rural Pennsylvania. NPRC’s mission is a necessary one, helping serve a part of the population that has lacked affordable and quality higher education for decades. This school helped me avoid debt, find my path in life, and now, I have a job I love and opportunities I never expected.

- Brian, NPRC Graduate

While attending NPRC, I am enrolled in 16 credits and working toward a degree in business administration. This switch is already positively benefitting me as a student. I have been keeping up with classes and shifting out of bad habits that may hinder my success. As someone who is diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD, it sometimes gets hard to effectively communicate. However, NPRC continues to provide opportunities to not only challenge myself, but to help me grow as a student, and more importantly, as a person. NPRC was my second chance. My second chance to help me build myself better, and I feel like my future is already better than what it was before NPRC.

-Noah, Business Administration Student

My time at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College has been a great experience even through the COVID-19 pandemic. Never did I imagine doing a year of college in my own home and still be able to be on the Dean’s List and be extremely proud. I am 39 years of age, and it has taken me this long to attempt college. I have to say that starting college at this age was hard. However, everyone at NPRC has made it easy for me to understand what it means to be studious. You can feel the care that is given to you through the staff at NPRC. The instructors are always willing to help and they will always answer the questions that we have. This college is a great way to get started on your new path through life. There are so many options to pick from if you are undecided.

-Claudia, NPRC Graduate

I started with NPRC right after graduating high school in 2018. I was not sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but the criminal justice field had always piqued my interest. Before finishing my two-year degree with NPRC, I decided to transfer to a four-year university to further my education in both sociology and criminal justice. Without the affordability of NPRC and their knowledgeable staff, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today. I will be graduating from RIT in August of 2022 having majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as having minored in Criminal Justice. I am excited to start a career in the federal Criminal Justice system or within admissions/counseling in higher education. I plan to put myself through law school while working full time after graduating from RIT.

-Ally, Former NPRC Student

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