Our 180-Hour Dental Assistant Internship
ACI Medical & Dental School recognizes the significance of internships in shaping the future of their dental assistant students. The internship program provides students with a practical learning experience by allowing them to work in a real dental facility and apply the concepts and skills they have learned in the classroom.
During the 180-hour internship program, students can observe and work alongside experienced dental professionals. This hands-on experience will enable students to understand the daily duties of a dental assistant, such as patient care, sterilizing instruments, managing dental equipment, taking X-rays, and other crucial tasks.
Participating in an internship program will not only provide valuable experience, but it also offers several benefits to the students. These include enhancing their resumes, building professional relationships with industry experts, demonstrating their commitment to the field, obtaining references from dental professionals, and increasing their chances of securing employment after completing the program.
What Does a Dental Assistant Do?
Dental assistants enhance the efficiency of any dental care team. Using their strong communication and interpersonal skills, dental assistants ensure that patients feel comfortable while office operations run smoothly. Dental assistants have a range of important daily responsibilities including:
- Assisting the dentist with intra-oral dental procedures
- Communicating with patients
- Processing and sterilizing dental instruments and equipment, tray set-ups
- Radiological tasks such as exposing and processing x-rays
- Helping to manage the front office of the dental practice
- Updating patient electronic health records (EHR)
- A thorough understanding of Dental terminology and anatomy, Emergency Procedures, and clinical procedures will be utilized throughout the Dental Assistant’s typical day.
What is the Job Outlook for Dental Assistants?
Like many careers in the healthcare field, the demand for Dental Assistants is outpacing qualified candidates and there are more jobs than employers can fill! The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that between 2019 and 2029 there is an expected 7% increase in job growth for Dental Assistants, which is much higher than the average growth rate across all occupations. With our excellent graduation and employment rates, there has never been a better time to pursue this growing career at ACI Medical & Dental School!
Students who complete this program will be prepared for a wide variety of in demand careers, including:
- Surgical Dental Assistant
- Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
- Certified Registered Dental Assistant
- Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA)
- Expanded Function Dental Assistant
- Oral Surgery Assistant
- Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Asst)
- Orthodontic Technician
Dental assistants are qualified individuals who play a significant role in the dental team. Dental assistants execute a variety of tasks, which include patient care and office or laboratory duties. Dental assistants can also advance to other careers, such as office manager, research associate, dental sales representative, dental hygienist, and dentist.
Learn More About Our Dental Assistant Training Program
ACI Medical & Dental School in Eatontown, NJ provides students with the skills necessary to become a Ocean County Dental Assistant with Radiology Licensing through hands-on training with our experienced faculty and state-of-the-art equipment. Once a student has successfully completed this program, they will be ready to work with dentists and patients as part of a dental team. If you want to enroll in ACI Medical & Dental School’s Dental Assistant Training program, contact us today and take the first step towards an exciting, in-demand new career!