Dental Assistant Training in Clearwater
You like making people feel at ease. You’re organized. And you enjoy learning new things. No wonder you’re considering this field.
As a UMA dental assistant with expanded functions student, you’ll learn how to fabricate temporary crowns, sterilize and prepare instrument trays, obtain dental impressions, process bills and more. If that gets your mind racing with excitement and questions, we can talk about it.
What’s the difference between a degree and a diploma?
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.
Real-world experience through an externship.
Students enrolled in this program receive 240 hours of hands-on experience under supervision in a local dentist office. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.
Helping you prepare for your certification exam.
You will receive class preparation to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.
Job outlook for dental assistant.
Graduates with a diploma or degree for dental assistant with expanded functions can pursue entry-level positions as a dental assistant, dental lab technician, dental sales representative and more. Working environments include dental offices, insurance companies, health institutions, dental laboratories. This career field is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024.2
Which program is right for you? Try our fun and informal personality quiz for inspiration.