AOS in Dental Office Administration: Degree Overview

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) curricula prepare graduates to effectively manage the records, finances and organization of a dental office. An internship, clinical practicum or externship will be expected of students in this program.

Essential Information

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) programs in dental office administration are rare. Programs are more often structured to culminate in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) in dental office administration or dental assisting technology and management. Such programs can be found at two-year community and technical colleges. An internship, clinical practicum, or externship is part of this program.

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) programs

Two-year associate's degree programs may include a broader variety of coursework, while programs structured as completion options require previous experience or education in the dental field (such as a certificate or diploma in dental assisting). Topics of study may include:

  • Dental anatomy and radiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Dental materials
  • Business law
  • Office management
  • Financial accounting, billing and medical coding

Popular Career Options

Graduates of these programs may find opportunities working as administrative assistants or office managers in dental offices. Additionally, graduates may find professional opportunities in sales or marketing with companies who sell dental products or for dental insurance companies.

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical secretaries, including those in dental offices, were expected to see the number of employment opportunities increase 21% from 2014-2024. The mean annual wages of medical secretaries in dental offices were $34,330 in 2015.

Students who earn an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in dental office administration will learn how to complete administrative tasks in a dental office setting. Different topics that students can study in this program include business law, clinical procedures and dental materials.

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