Our 13 week hands-on program includes the following courses. The program include preparation for the radiology exam, coronal polish exam, CPR certification, job placement assistance and Dentrix software training.

Course Title: Introduction to Dentistry

Clock Hours: 18
Course Description: Students will learn dental terminology, adult and pediatric dentition, teeth names, numbers and surfaces and systems, dental procedures names, and charting procedures manually and on Dentrix software.

Course Title: Chairside

Clock Hours: 48
Course Description: Students will learn how to chairside assist using four handed dentistry, greet and seat patients preparing and dismissing patients, equipment care, tray/procedure set-ups, sterilization and identifying and transferring instruments to gain skills and proficiency in chairside assisting. Students will also learn various procedures such as: coronal polishes, root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges and extractions. Altrain Dental students are thoroughly prepared for the State Dental Assisting National Board (hereinafter referred to as “DANB”)  National Coronal Polish Exam.

Course Title: Radiology

Clock Hours: 48
Course Description: Students will practice taking, developing and mounting x-rays both conventionally and digitally. They will also learn about radiation safety, control factors, errors, techniques and types of film. Altrain Dental Students are thoroughly prepared for the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam.

Course Title: Job Placement Presentation

Clock Hours: 3
Course Description: Students will be provided information on Altrain Dental’s Job Placement Services including: customized resumes and cover letters, interview tips and techniques, internship and externship opportunities, access to Altrain’s Job Board and direct placement leads.

Course Title: Labs and Models

Clock Hours: 24
Course Description: Students will mix and manipulate various impression materials, pour plaster and stones, trim models for study and diagnosis, fabricate temporary crowns, bleach trays night guards and wax bites.

Course Title: Dentrix in the Front Office

Clock Hours: 12
Course Description: Students will learn front office duties, greeting patients, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, entering data patient information, posting payments, creating treatment plans, accessing various reports and submitting insurance claims on Dentrix software.

Total Clock Hours: 153

Internship/Externship

Optional ­ 100 – 160 hours

Radiology and Coronal Polish Certification Exams
Graduates from Altrain Dental are not required to become x-ray certified or coronal polish certified to work as a Dental Assistant. However, Dental Assistants that are certified will have more employment opportunities and earn higher wages. DANB administers the exams and issues certificates. Credentialing for Radiological Proficiency is regulated by the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners (ABDE).

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