Help a Dentist Help Their Patients
Does the idea of welcoming patients and working with a dentist to keep a dental practice running smoothly bring a smile to your face? If so, our program in dental assisting may be right for you.
What Does a Dental Assistant do?
As a Massachusetts board-certified dental assistant, you will know how to:
- Welcome patients, ensure their comfort, and prepare them for treatment
- Take and develop dental x-rays
- Take impressions of teeth for study models
- Serve as an infection control officer by preparing sterile instruments and equipment
- Assist the dentist during procedures (e.g. using suction hoses and other equipment to dry patients’ mouths and handing tools to the dentist)
- Instruct patients in proper oral care following surgery or other dental procedures
- Manage appointment schedules, records, billing, and inventory for the office
Dental assistants are in high demand in Massachusetts. This is expected to increase by 19% through 2026, as our aging population requires more dental care.* The average yearly wage for dental assistants in Massachusetts was $44,770 in May 2017.*
MWCC’s Dental Assisting Certificate is a 9-course program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. After you finish your coursework, you will gain valuable hands-on experience where you work in two different dental practices.
Dental Assistant Certification
This accredited certificate program will prepare you to take the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board Exam).
*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics