Dental Assisting Programs in Richmond, VA
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If you live in Virginia and are thinking about a career in the dental field, then you’ll want to consider FORTIS’ dental assistant training in Richmond, VA.
Dental Assistant Careers
Dentists employ dental assistants as support personnel who perform a wide range of roles that are critical to providing quality dental care and excellent patient education.
Duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. They perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties, helping to improve the efficiency of the dentist in delivering quality oral health care. The combination of their interpersonal skills and technical skills makes them highly valuable members of the dental care team. Although state regulations vary, some typical duties of dental assistants may include:
- Preparing patients for treatments, exams, and teeth cleanings
- Sterilizing instruments
- Assisting dentists during examinations and procedures
- Processing oral x-rays
- Helping maintain patient records
- Performing various on-site laboratory duties
Job Opportunities for Dental Assistants
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for dental assistants is expected to increase up to 18% over the next 10 years. The employment growth for this field will be much faster than the average for all professions.
If you choose to pursue a career as a dental assistant, you should have many employment opportunities across a variety of practice settings. Dental assistants can work in private and group dental practices, mobile dental units, insurance companies, hospitals, nursing homes, dental school clinics, and public and private health facilities.
Dental Assisting Program
If you’re looking at dental assisting schools in Virginia, FORTIS’ dental assisting program will provide you with hands-on strategies and techniques that will enable you to work directly with dentists in both treatment and operation rooms. You will learn how to provide educational, preventative, and clinical therapeutic services to the public as a promoter of healthy dental hygiene.
You will also be taught best practices for working chair-side while dentists examine and treat patients, and be exposed to the different dental specialty practices.
Upon completion of the dental assisting training program, students are awarded with a diploma and are prepared for entry-level employment opportunities as a dental assistant.
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Ready to begin your dental assistant training? Contact FORTIS today to learn more about our dental assisting programs in Virginia and to get started! Reach out to us by phone, email, or live online chat.