Dental assistants must undergo training. Ohio students can get the necessary education by enrolling in approved programs that are offered at 2-year technical and community colleges. The Ohio schools described in this article offer various Dental Assisting diploma and associate's degree programs as well as Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Certificate programs.
The curricula consist of classroom work as well as laboratory and clinical experiences. Students gain additional hands-on experience by participating in internships or externships toward the end of their programs.
Choffin Career and Technical Center
This school in Youngstown has an accredited dental assisting program that consists of 1,365 hours of training. Applicants to the program need to complete an interview and pass a WorkKeys exam. Students learn about dental materials, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, lab procedures and radiology. Graduates qualify for dental assistant, sealant placement, radiographer and coronal polishing certification exams.
Eastern Gateway Community College
The accredited dental assisting program at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville offers students three options. The one-year certificate program covers topics like dental materials, dental terminology chairside assisting and radiography. The program combines classroom lectures, dental labs and clinical experiences in dentists' offices. The certificate program prepares students for dental assistant certification exams. The second option includes another year of study and results in the student earning an associate degree.
The third option leads to the student earning an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary certificate. The program is only available to certified dental assistants or registered dental hygienists. The program prepares students for the EFDA certification exam.
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools
A nine-month dental assisting program is offered at this school in Groveport. This program offers an intense curriculum of classroom lectures and lab studies. Internships are completed at Ohio State University's College of Dentistry and dental offices. Students study dental anatomy, chairside assisting, dental terminology and x-ray processing. They also learn CPR and First Aid skills. The program prepares graduates for dental assisting certification exams.
Great Oaks Career Campuses
The 45-week dental assisting program at this school in Cincinnati teaches students about x-ray processes, impression materials, preventative dentistry, oral hygiene, medical terminology and dental equipment. Students also study First Aid and CPR procedures. Consisting of 900 hours of training, this program offers evening classes Monday through Thursday. The college also offers career assistance. Graduates qualify for dental assistant and radiographer certification exams.
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Miami Valley Career Technology Center, which is located in Clayton, offers a 45-week dental assisting program. Applicants to the program must pass a Workforce Training Assessment. Students learn about dental x-rays, sterilizing processes, clerical duties and dental supplies. Training includes a 300-hour internship. Students who complete the program can take radiographer and dental assistant certification exams.
Polaris Career Center
Located in Middleburg Heights, Polaris Career Center has a 900-hour dental assisting program. Students learn about infection control, radiology, lab materials, head and neck anatomy, patient care, oral health and dental specialties. Each participant completes coursework and a 250-hour unpaid internship. This program is held in the evenings four days a week. Students may participate in the American Dental Association (ADA) Give Kids a Smile and the North Coast Spring Meeting programs. Graduates qualify for dental assistant and radiographer certification exams.
Remington College - Cleveland West Campus
Remington College offers a dental assisting diploma program in North Olmsted. Students participate in externships to obtain experience and hands-on training. Topics of study include oral anatomy, chairside assisting, dental office emergencies, sealants and fillings, dental materials and impression trays. Students also learn about Dentrix software. The school does not mention if this program will prepare students for certification exams.
Scioto County Career Technical Center
This school in Lucasville has a dental assisting program that offers evening classes. Applicants must take the WorkKeys exam. The 900-hour program teaches students about chairside assistance and clerical duties. Courses include dental specialties, patient health, preventative dental care, emergency procedures and infection control. This school also does not mention if the program prepares students for certification exams.
Stark State College
Stark State College in North Canton has dental assisting certificate and associate degree programs. The 15-credit certificate program prepares graduates for radiographer and dental assistant certification exams. Those who are interested in earning the degree complete technical and general education courses. Students learn about dental assisting techniques, dental materials, anatomy and physiology, dental assisting radiography and dental terminology. Courses are offered during days, weekends and evenings.
Applicants to dental assisting programs typically must have a high school diploma (or a GED), current immunizations, physical examinations and background checks.
Some states require that dental assistants graduate from accredited educational programs and pass certification exams.
The state of Ohio requires different certification exams or accredited training for the following job duties: operating x-rays, watching minimally sedated patients, providing coronal polishing, providing pit and fissure sealants and performing Expand Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) procedures.
For more information on certification requirements, students should check with the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. or the Ohio State Dental Board.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Dental Assisting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Choffin Career and Technical Center||Two-year, public; small city||Accredited Dental Assisting Program||$8,200|
|Eastern Gateway Community College||Two-year, public; small city|| Dental Assisting Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Dental Assisting,
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Certificate
| $4,076 in-district
|Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools||Two-year, public; large suburb||Dental Assisting Program||$9,603|
|Great Oaks Career Campuses||Two-year, public; large suburb||Dental Assisting Program||$7,470|
|Miami Valley Career Technology Center||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Dental Assisting Program||$8,210|
|Polaris Career Center||Two-year, public; large suburb||Dental Assisting Program||$10,495 **|
|Remington College - Cleveland West Campus||Two-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Dental Assistant Diploma||$15,678|
|Scioto County Career Technical Center||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Dental Assisting Program||$6,515|
|Stark State College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Career Enhancement Certificate in Dental Assisting,
Associate of Science in Dental Assisting
| $4,070 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **School website