List of Orthodontist Aide Colleges

The road to becoming an orthodontist aide, more commonly known as an orthodontic assistant, typically begins with completion of a diploma, certificate or associate degree program in dental assisting. Read on to find out what you should consider when choosing an orthodontist aide program and view some programs available at schools in the U.S.

How to Select an Orthodontist Aide College

In some states, dental assistants don't need formal education to start their careers. However, those who plan to earn certification from the Dental Assisting National Board Inc. (DANB) would be wise to choose an educational program that's recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Graduates who hope to earn national certification as an orthodontic assistant will need to gain additional education or experience in an orthodontic setting.

Keep the following things in mind as you search for an orthodontist aide program:

  • CODA programs incorporate general education classes with courses in the biomedical, clinical and dental sciences, in addition to providing clinical experience. They also meet qualifications to sit for the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam.
  • Aspiring orthodontic assistants also might want to choose a dental assisting program that includes a basic orthodontics course.
  • Graduates of dental assisting programs who plan to pursue COA certification might choose to seek additional training specific to orthodontic assisting. Individual classes and multi-course programs are offered online and on-campus by community colleges, orthodontic training centers and private companies.

10 Colleges in the U.S. with Orthodontist Aide Programs

College/University Institution Type
Houston Community College2-year, Public
New York University4-year, Private not-for-profit
College of Southern Nevada4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Tarrant County College District2-year, Public
Riverside Community College2-year, Public
City College of San Francisco2-year, Public
Pima Community College2-year, Public
Broward College4-year, Public
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis4-year, Public
Palomar College2-year, Public

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