Dental Assisting Degree Program
Are you ready to become a dynamic member of the dental and oral care professional team? Can you see yourself as a dental assistant professional working alongside dentists and hygienists to provide a variety of patient care and clinical procedures? Most importantly, are you ready to dive into challenging and rewarding dental assistant classes and requirements?
You’ve come to the right place if you answered “yes” to all of these questions. Then, our dental assistant school can offer you what you’ve been looking for!
Dental assistants are crucial members of the healthcare team, supporting many aspects in the area of oral care. With your Dental Assisting degree from WVJC, your dream career in dental assisting can become a reality.
5 Step Plan For Success
West Virginia Junior College provides its students with a structured educational and training plan designed for quick entry into specific career areas. The WVJC experience begins with classroom instruction, continues with hands-on training, and culminates in career services.
Watch the video to understand how the WVJC 5 step plan is your plan to change the direction of your life.
“The staff really pushes you to be the best student and person you can be, and I find that really rewarding.”
– Taylor Quigley, WVJC Student
What You Will Learn from Our Dental Assisting Program
When you complete the requirements to gain your Dental Assisting degree, you will ultimately graduate with a wide variety of new skills and abilities, such as learning how to:
- Assist a dentist during dental procedures
- Perform leadership skills needed to manage a dental office
- Educate patients on postoperative and oral healthcare
- Expose and develop radiographs
- Identify oral pathology
- Manage patient records
- Mix dental cements and prepare teeth
- Schedule procedures
- Sterilize dental instruments and equipment
- Take dental impressions and perform laboratory duties
Start your path to becoming a dental assistant today by requesting information!
Applying Your Degree
Dental assistants are valued members of the dental health team, holding an array of skill sets that are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental field. Successful and effective dental assistants possess technical, administrative, and people skills.
Dental assisting is a challenging and rewarding field that requires versatility and a willingness to assume responsibility for different tasks. Since dental assistants must be flexible, they could follow many different paths including:
- Assisting oral surgeons or orthodontists
- Working alongside a general dentist
- Working alongside pediatric dentists
- Working as an assistant to an endodontist
- Working with periodontists
At WVJC, our Dental Assisting program prepares you to follow your dreams and find the fulfilling future that you’ve always wanted.
Our Dental Assisting Degree Externships and Certifications
At WVJC, we know your goal is to start your dream career quickly. We’ve designed our Dental Assisting program to meet your career goals and the needs of local employers. Our programs’ externship and certifications are great ways to improve your marketability to employers.
As one of your dental assistant requirements at WVJC, you will complete an externship within the program. This on-the-job training allows you to apply the skills you’ve learned in the real world with real people. This experience is invaluable and allows you to showcase your skills to the employers in your area who hire dental assistants.
When you complete our dental assistant classes, you will be qualified to sit for the Nationally Registered Credentialed Dental Assistant (NRCDA) certification*.
*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Required/ Included in Tuition/Fees.
“WVJC has by far the most helpful and supportive group of staff. I’ve never had a better experience at a college.” – Nathan Mynes, WVJC Student