Many of the schools offering dental assisting programs in or near Philadelphia are for-profit institutions. Based on school type, student-to-faculty ratio and number of 2-year degrees conferred, the following college is considered a top school in the Philadelphia area for dental assisting programs:
- Winner: Manor College in Jenkintown, PA, is located approximately ten miles from Philadelphia. The college is one of the few nonprofit schools in the area with dental assisting studies and awards among the highest number of associate's degrees in this field. Students can earn a certificate or 2-year degree in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA).
School Info Chart
|School Type||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $15,250**|
|Dental Assisting Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Dental Assisting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||9**|
|Most Popular Dental Assisting Level in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (9 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||33%**|
|Noteworthy||Dental assisting program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, one of only eight such accredited programs in the state of Pennsylvania|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
- 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Integrates classroom instruction with experiences in a state-of-the-art dental lab
- On-site Dental Health Center allows dental assisting students to gain practical hands-on experience
- Graduates are prepared to take state dental assisting certification exam and are qualified to sit for the national dental assisting certification examination
Manor College offers an Associate of Science in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) or an EFDA evening certificate, which is designed for certified dental assistants. The Associate of Science in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program requires courses in radiology, dental anatomy, patient and practice management, dental materials and oral health issues. Students also complete four clinical experiences and an internship.
The EFDA Certificate program is designed for dental assistants who have current dental assistant certification or are registered dental hygienists. Dental assistant students must complete both segments, including a 90-hour instruction phase and 110 hours of clinical experience. Hygienists only have to complete the 90-hour instruction segment. In that portion, students learn to make temporary crowns and use wedges and rubber dams. They also learn a variety of advanced operative procedures, including amalgam and temporary restorations. X-ray certification is required.