Altrain Dental Assisting Academy encourages all prospective students to do their research on both Dental Assisting and Dental Assisting Programs. Listed below outlines what our dental assisting program offers. Feel free to print the list and bring it to other schools during the research process. As always give us a call at 602-595-7289, should you have any additional questions.
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At Altrain Dental Assisting Academy our focus is on job placement. We have a comprehensive program that includes everything you will need to obtain employment after completion of the program. We are a licensed trade school but operate as a small business where our students’ matter. You will never just be a number to us. Your success is our success!
The dental assisting program is 13 weeks long. Classes run four days a week (Monday – Thursday) for three hours per day. The total number of clock hours are 153.
We offer one Dental Assistant Program with a required Externship and one without. Typically, externships are unpaid, and we understand that not everyone has the resources to complete one. It is still possible to obtain employment without completing an externship. If you are interested in completing one you can enroll in the program with the externship. The externship is 160 hours. If you select this option, the total program hours increase from 153 to 313.
X-ray Certification and Exam Preparation
X-ray Certification is the number one entry level job requirement to become a dental assistant. Our program includes 48 hours of radiology training with 24 hours of this time dedicated to preparing you for the Dental Assisting National Board written exam. The x-ray training is done both on film and digitally. The exam fees are included in the tuition and you can sit in any x-ray lecture at any time at no charge to hear the information again. Arizona no longer has a clinical exam for radiology but Altrain still prepares you as if it required. All of our students are able to take a passing set of full mouth x-rays.
Coronal Polish Certification and Exam Preparation
Coronal Polish is a license to polish teeth. This exam has a written and clinical portion. 12 hours of the curriculum is dedicated to preparing you for the exam and completing the clinical portion. The Dental Assisting National Board exam fees are included in the tuition and you can sit in on lecture at any time at no charge to refresh on the information.
Dentrix Software Training (Front and Back Office)
Altrain Dental Assisting Academy cross-trains our students for both front and back office. This allows them more job opportunities and more variety. We spend one week teaching you Dentrix (the dental software program) for front office functions and use the software throughout the program to teach you the back-office functions (charting).
Job Placement Assistance
Our job placement assistance program is amazing! We run anywhere between an 80 – 90% job placement rate. We know your success is our success and happy employed students talk! We prepare your resume and cover letter, give you a three-hour presentation on how to find a job, how it works, mock interviews and coaching, professional head shots and direct placement leads.
Tutoring and Refresher Courses
Altrain Dental Assisting Academy offers tutoring and refresher courses at no charge to you. Any student past or present can sit in on lectures for anything related to exams at any time. Clinical refreshers will be discussed with Instructors and either done at the school or on an externship.
Dental Office Setting
All of our equipment is in good working order and up to date with technology. Our facility includes a classroom, a dental lab and three treatment rooms. A typical day at Altrain is about half the class period in lecture and the other half in lab. The lab portion is performed in the dental office setting, where you will practice with instruments, materials and equipment that you will use and see in the field.
American Heart Association CPR Certification (Adult, Children and Infants)
CPR Certification is a required certification for employment in a dental office. Most offices require that you are certified by the American Heart Association. The training is included in the program and the certification is good for 2 years.
The tuition includes everything and is affordable. All books, lab materials, handouts, uniforms, job placement assistance, CPR certification, state exam fees for x-ray certification, coronal polish certification and Dentrix Software Training.
what our students are saying…
If you want a great hands on, small class size, educators willing to help you succeed and know your name you have the right place. Look no further!! I walked into Altrain only because I heard the ad on the radio. Instantly, I felt like this was the place to get my career path on the right track. My first person I ran into sat down and told me everything I would need to do to start school all the way to the end and how they would help place me for a job.
I highly recommend Altrain dental assisting academy, it is a great school and only a short 13 weeks. I took night classes and loved the amount of time that we actually got practice everything hands on. Everyone at the school is very nice and helpful.
I absolutely love Altrain! I’m confident the instructors and small class sizes will make for an easy 13 weeks! The hands on learning really helps things stick in my memory. I’m so excited to see where my future will go after graduation. Thanks Altrain!
I’ve been currently attending Altrain dental school and I love it! Everything about it is absolutely perfect! The teachers, the class size and all the hands on learning we do. I couldn’t be more happy that I choose to go to Altrain.
This school is awesome, the instructors and staff are so nice and caring and really do everything they can to make this possible. Class was fun and hands on and you learn so much in a short period of time!
Great school! They have the best instructor and staff. The classes are small, it’s hands on, and it’s only 13 weeks.
Great instructors and a great hands on program! Highly recommend going to Altrain!
If you are lost on what to do for your career or what school to attend, I 100% recommend you choose Altrain! The staff is amazing & teach you everything you need to know in order to be successful in this job field. I already had 3 job offers only a week after graduation! They are amazing!
I had visited and toured a couple other dental assistant schools besides Altrain and none of them compared to Altrain. The facility is definitely made to look like a dental office 100% and with a lot of space to work. If you want somewhere reliable and with friendly staff this is the place for you. In 13 weeks you will get the right amount of information to be successful in your dental field career! Totally recommended!
I too did a lot of research on Dental Assisting schools before I chose Altrain. For starters they were the ONLY school that actually offers everything that you need to be successful in your career. X-ray, Coronal Polish, CPR and Dentrix (front office too)! They have more than double the amount of days and hours of all the other short programs. That’s why everyone passes the state exams. The other schools say they do it too but there is no way they can find the time in 1 or 2 days a week. The school is so clean and looks just like a dental office. And when Altrain says the offer job placement, they mean it!!! My resume and cover letter are fantastic! Tannis sent me on 4 job leads before graduation and I had a job a week after I finished the program! When it comes to Dental Assisting this is the ONLY school to even consider!!!!