Dental Assistant Training Programs in Clearwater

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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?

UMA Dental AssistantIn 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

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Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone or text message via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy about your education at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are not obligated to agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-205-2510. Note that even non-automated calls are recorded for quality assurance.

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The associate degree program can be completed in as little as 21 months.

May vary according to individual student.

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More than 91% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Ground “Employer Survey” 2016 (133 responses) and Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Employer Survey” 2016 (1,129 responses).
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  • Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions Courses

    How long is the degree program? 21 months (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate Degree – Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions

    Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses.

    Typical Required Courses:
    Introduction & History of Dentistry 3.5 Credits
    Preventative Dentistry 3.5 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology, Office Management and CPR 3.5 Credits
    Radiology and OSHA 3.5 Credits
    Anatomy, Microbiology & Dental Materials 3.5 Credits
    Expanded Functions 3.5 Credits
    Externship 5 Credits
    Total 26 Credits
    Typical General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Typical Electives:
    Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Local, National & International Events 3 Credits
    Psychology 3 Credits
    Working with People 3 Credits
    Patient Relations 3 Credits
    Ecology 3 Credits
    Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits
    Total 21 Credits
    Program Total 62 Credits

    • Diploma – Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions Courses

      How long is the diploma program? 11 months (may vary according to individual student).

      Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses.

      Typical Required Courses:
      Introduction & History of Dentistry 3.5 Credits
      Preventative Dentistry 3.5 Credits
      Anatomy & Physiology, Office Management and CPR 3.5 Credits
      Radiology and OSHA 3.5 Credits
      Anatomy, Microbiology & Dental Materials 3.5 Credits
      Expanded Functions 3.5 Credits
      Externship 5 Credits
      Program Total 26 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Assistant

What is a dental assistant?

What is a dental assistant?

This position may be responsible for providing patient care, taking X-rays, recordkeeping, scheduling appointments and more.

What does “expanded functions” mean?

What does “expanded functions” mean?

The expanded functions portion of the UMA Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions program includes training in coronal polishing, sealant placement and the removal and fabrication of temporary crowns.

Want to know how to become a dental assistant?

Want to know how to become a dental assistant?

Start by getting hands-on training. Of course, that’s just the beginning of what you get with UMA. When you complete our dental assistant program you’ll also get a certificate for expanded functions (in addition to your career training diploma or degree) and you’ll be prepared to take the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam to become certified. Expanded functions training is required to work as a dental assistant in the state of Florida and is included in our dental assistant programs.

Do I have to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) to qualify for employment?

Do I have to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) to qualify for employment?

Certification (passing the RDA) is not required to work in Florida as a dental assistant, but expanded functions training is, and that is included in our program. Certification is recommended to help you stand out as a job candidate.

Where can I get UMA dental assistant training in the Tampa Bay area?

Where can I get UMA dental assistant training in the Tampa Bay area?

UMA offers dental assistant training at our campus in downtown Clearwater, located at 1255 Cleveland Street. Contact us now to schedule a tour.

Is there a difference between dental assistant schools?

Is there a difference between dental assistant schools?

Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer dental assistant programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.3 UMA is a school that offers dental assistant training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

How much does a dental assistant make?

How much does a dental assistant make?

You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The salary for a position as a dental assistant depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors.

What’s the best school for your needs?

What’s the best school for your needs?

Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-205-2510. Let’s talk about you.

What should I look for in top schools for dental assistant training?

What should I look for in top schools for dental assistant training?

Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer dental assistant programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one and group tutoring. Top schools that offer dental assistant training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.

Where can I find more info about being a dental assistant?
    My experience at UMA has been everything I expected and so much more! I enjoy the family-like vibe and value the relationships I have with not only my teachers but my fellow classmates as well. You can really tell they want to see you do well and do everything in their power for you to reach your full potential.

    – Christina K.
    Dental Assistant
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Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Diploma – Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions Courses.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/student-information/#ge and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm 3According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone or text message via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy about your education at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are not obligated to agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-205-2510. Note that even non-automated calls are recorded for quality assurance.