As a dental assistant, you will play a key role in assisting dentist and hygienists in the many dental offices in Sioux Falls and across the nation. A professional dental assistant is integral to the many tasks required for oral healthcare, such as preparing x-ray machines, ordering supplies, mixing impression materials, record-keeping and instructing patients on oral care.
Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Your duties as a dental professional are administrative as well as clinical. The skills you need for Dental Assisting include:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected growth in dental assisting is much faster than the average for all occupations, with 19% growth expected through 2026. Continued job growth in dental assisting is tied to:
- Research linking oral health to general health
- More elderly residents who need care
Compare: Dental Assistant vs. Dental Hygienist
As a dental assistant graduate from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, you will assist in dental procedures, perform dental radiography, offer patient education and conduct office tasks. Your work provides direct aid to dentists, while a dental hygienist often works one-on-one with patients under less supervision.
Why Study to be a Dental Assistant at Southeast Tech
During your training as a Dental Assistant, you will study in STI’s high-tech Sullivan Health/Science Center. Your degree is backed by these other career-boosters:
Accreditation: STI is working with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to receive accreditation for this program, which is scheduled to start in fall 2020.
Clinical Experience: During the final semester of your STI program, you will complete a clinical placement to enhance your learning.
Tailored Instruction: Southeast Technical Institute offers its Dental Assisting program as an apprenticeship, which requires a sponsoring dental office and 2,000 hours of training during the apprenticeship, or as a diploma program offering traditional classroom instruction (set to start in fall 2020).
What can you do with your STI degree
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has more than 140 dentists, creating a high demand for dental assistants who perform top-quality care.
Southeast Tech’s year-long Dental Assistant program includes courses on dental radiography, tooth morphology, preventive dentistry, oral surgery and implant dentistry.
Costs for this program are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus
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Other Programs Related to Dental Assisting
If you’re interested in becoming a dental assistant, you might also be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech: