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
|Houston Community College||2-year, Public|
|New York University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Tarrant County College District||2-year, Public|
|Riverside Community College||2-year, Public|
|City College of San Francisco||2-year, Public|
|Pima Community College||2-year, Public|
|Broward College||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis||4-year, Public|
|Palomar College||2-year, Public|