Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Dental Assistant

Penn Foster Career School's Dental Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to teach students the skills necessary to become dental assistants. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Dental Assistant Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Dental Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to teach students about managing a dental office, scheduling appointments, and updating patient records. It gives students the opportunity to learn dental terminology and anatomy; preventive dentistry and nutrition; disease transmission, pathology, and dental emergencies; radiology; and pharmacology and anesthesiology. Students are also given the chance to learn how to work efficiently with dentists, communicate effectively with patients, and disinfect dental tools. This program is designed to be completed in as few as six months, although students can take longer to complete it if they choose.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students in its Dental Assistant Career Diploma Program with the books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids needed to complete the program. After graduating, students also receive the Dental Assistant Exam Review Textbook.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Dental Assistant Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • Introduction to Dentistry and the Dental Assistant
  • Instruction Set 2
    • Dental Terminology and Anatomy
    • Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition
  • Instruction Set 3
    • Cavity Classification and Charting
    • Dental Law and Ethics
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Dental Operatory: Patients, Instrumentation, Moisture Control
    • Disease Transmission, Pathology, and Dental Emergencies
    • Infection Control
  • Instruction Set 5
    • OSHA Regulations
    • Radiology 1
    • Radiology 2
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Pharmacology and Anesthesiology
    • Dental Materials 1
    • Dental Materials 2
  • Instruction Set 7
    • Dental Specialties 1: Endodontics/Periodontics
    • Dental Specialties 2: Pediatrics/Orthodontics
    • Dental Specialties 3: Prosthodontics/Oral Surgery
  • Instruction Set 8
    • Communicating in the Dental Office
    • Business Administration for the Dental Office
  • Instruction Set 9
    • Becoming a Professional
    • Practice Management Software
    • Work Experience Option

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Dental Assistant Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster Career School may be interested in pursuing an associate degree in a field related to dentistry, such as dental management, hygiene, or technology. This might increase their knowledge of dentistry and prepare them to pursue higher positions in the dentistry field.

Associate degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate in Dental Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Associate of Dental Assistant
  • Associate in Dental Technology

Career Paths:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Dental Assistant Career Diploma Program may be able to pursue entry-level jobs as dental assistants. They might be able to find work in private dental practices, dental clinics, and federal, state, or local government agencies.