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's 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.

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.

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

This list of colleges and universities identifies a sample of schools offering a dental assisting and/or dental hygiene program.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)**
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's $47,750
College of Southern Nevada Los Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate In-state $2,805; Out-of-state $9,450
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920
Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,416; Out-of-state $7,356
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Primarily associates, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public Certificate In-state $9,056; Out-of-state $29,774
Palomar College San Marcos, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,338; Out-of-state $7,078

Sources: *School website, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

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 CODA 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.
  • Some schools offer the option of distance learning programs, which may appeal to students who are not able to relocate.

There are a number of public and private colleges that offer orthodontist aide programs. It's possible to pursue studies to earn a certificate or associate's degree before entering this career field.

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