The Education of Dental Assistants
Dental assisting is a broad, exciting field. If it's something you're considering going into, you probably have some questions, like:
What exactly do dental assistants learn in school? What are the steps to becoming a dental assistant? Who is qualified to become a dental assistant?
The first step to becoming a dental assistant in Texas is getting a high school diploma, high school certificate, or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Most dental assisting schools (including Oasis) also require students to be at least 18 years of age, or 17 with guardian's permission. Anyone who meets these requirements can start the process of becoming a dental assistant.
The next step is to register for a course at a dental assisting school. While becoming a registered dental assistant, you will take courses in topics such as CPR, sterilization, taking X-rays, dental equipment and instruments, dental anatomy, and patient care/pain management. At Oasis, you will learn all of these skills and more in just 12 weeks!
Once you complete your course, you will then need to pass your state exam, and then apply for your certificate from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners in order to become a Registered Dental Assistant or RDA. At Oasis, we are here to help you with every step of the process and answer any questions you may have.
Once you are registered as a dental assistant with the state of Texas, you are free to begin your new career! There are plenty of opportunities to work as a dental assistant in a variety of types of offices, especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Come join a growing, dynamic field with lots of potential to advance your career! Fill out our contact form to get started on your journey at Oasis.