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Dental Assistant Education in Atlanta

Dental AssistantDental assistants remain in high demand in Georgia. Employment opportunities for dental assistants throughout the state are projected to increase 36 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to O*Net, the online occupational resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics.* In the Atlanta Metro area, dental assistant jobs are projected to increase 71 percent by 2016 (from a 2006 baseline) according to the Georgia Department of Labor, Department of Workforce Information & Analysis.**

Dental assistants often perform a variety of duties. These can range from working directly with dentists and their patients preparing dental instruments, taking X-rays, mixing dental cements and materials, to office management creating insurance claims and patient files, setting appointments, processing invoices, to dental laboratory work creating plaster casts, crown and bridge appliances and mouth guards and other removable appliances. Hours can be either full-time or part-time, with median wages in the state of Georgia being approximately $34,000 annually (Source: O*Net).

Dental Assistant Training Available at Everest College

If pursuing a dental assistant career appeals to you, you can get the training you need to qualify for entry-level positions in this field through the Dental Assistant career education program at the Atlanta West campus of Everest College. This eight-month program is designed to help give students the academic and practical “hands-on” training they need to qualify for dental assisting jobs with dentists, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists and in dental laboratories.

Courses include:

  • Dental Office Emergencies and Compliance
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Specialties
  • Operatory Dentistry
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Dental Anatomy and Orthodontics
  • Dental Health

Classes are taught by professional dental assistants with many years of experience in the field. Laboratory classroom simulates a dental office environment, and students also participate in externships at actual dental offices in the area.

Career Services Available

When they have completed the Dental Assistant program, Everest graduates can take advantage of the school’s Career Services department. There, experienced Career Services representatives help students prepare their resumes, rehearse effective interviewing techniques and then identify and contact local employers. Career Services help is available to graduates throughout their careers.

About the Atlanta West Campus

Everest College’s Atlanta West campus is at 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW in Atlanta, Ga., 30331. The campus is situated just east of I-285 south of the I-285 and Campbellton Road SW interchange. In addition to the Dental Assistant program, Everest’s Atlanta West campus also offers career education programs in Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician.

For more information about these programs, please contact Everest College today.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

* O*Net Online: Dental Assistant – http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9091.00.
** George Department of Labor, Department of Workforce Information and Analysis – http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/occupation.htm
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