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Perform a variety of services from office and laboratory duties to working chairside assisting dentists as they examine and treat patients.

Career Details


Students in Dental Assistant are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Setting up equipment and preparing patients for treatment
  • Sterilizing or disinfecting instruments, setting up instrument trays, preparing materials, and assisting the dentist during dental procedures
  • Exposing dental diagnostic X-rays
  • Collecting and recording treatment information and clinical data in patient records
  • Educating patients on how to maintain their dental health

Career Options

Most program graduates work directly with dentists in their dental offices. Dental assistants typically work full time and help with patient care and management of the dental office. Some graduates may go on to work in dental laboratories as well.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Strong listening, communication, and organizational skills
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • At least 3,500 hours of experience as a dental assistant to achieve General Chairside (GC) certification
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Dental Assistant Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others

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