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Orthodontic Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Orthodontic techs can earn a dental assisting degree in two years and may participate in an internship program to specialize in orthodontics. In this specialized program, orthodontic techs learn how to assist orthodontists with patient care, including applying and adjusting braces.

With few orthodontic technician degree or certificate programs to choose from, orthodontic techs often get degrees in dental assisting and transfer the skills to an orthodontist's office. Therefore, when seeking out a dental assistant program, students can look for objectives on the school's website that promote transferable skills, including chair-side procedures for orthodontics or dentistry, infectious materials control, office management assistance and X-ray handling.

10 Schools with Dental Assisting Programs

The following list includes a number of public schools that offer dental assisting programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Alaska, Anchorage - College of Health Anchorage, AK 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $5,545; Out-of-state $17,177
Calhoun Community College Tanner, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,320; Out-of-state $7,770
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610
San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,142; Out-of-state $4,670
Front Range Community College Westminster, CO 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,527; Out-of-state $13,244
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Primarily associates, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,346; Out-of-state $7,926
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public Certificate In-state $9,056; Out-of-state $29,774
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 4-year, Public Certificate In-state $14,131; Out-of-state $29,521
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,554; Out-of-state $8,354

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

Consider these points when choosing a school:

  • A program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association will ensure career readiness for program graduates.
  • Programs that have on-campus dental clinics allow for practical experience, although internships off-campus are often helpful as well.
  • Some certificate programs can be applied to completion of an associate's degree, which may be important to students who eventually wish to continue their education.
  • Some schools offer their dental assistant program through distance learning, allowing students who live far from campus to consider studying without relocating.

A number of 2- and 4-year public colleges and universities offer dental assisting programs. Program costs vary, and online courses may be an option at some institutions.

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