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.
How to Select an Orthodontic Tech School
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.
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 readiness of program graduates.
- Programs that have on-campus dental clinics allow for practical experience, although internships off-campus are often required as well.
10 Schools with Dental Assisting Programs
|University of Alaska, Anchorage - College of Health||4-year, Public|
|Calhoun Community College||2-year, Public|
|Pima Community College||2-year, Public|
|San Diego Mesa College||2-year, Public|
|Front Range Community College||2-year, Public|
|Broward College||4-year, Primarily associates, Public|
|Cerritos College||2-year, Public|
|Indiana University Purdue University||4-year, Public|
|Rutgers University||4-year, Public|
|Monroe Community College||2-year, Public|