UMA Programs / Clearwater Campus / Dental Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a difference between dental assistant schools?

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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.1 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. 1. According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

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How much does a dental assistant make?

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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.

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Where can I find more info about being a dental assistant?

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

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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 tutoring. Top schools that offer dental assistant training should also provide career services such as job search assistance.

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Want to know how to become a dental assistant?

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Start by getting hands-on training through an accredited school. 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.

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

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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.

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What is a dental assistant?

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