The Best Way to Become a Dental Assistant
Our program tuition is $2,950. We offer flexible payment plans outlined here that enable you to enroll at minimal upfront cost! Our program provides you with the foundational education needed to become a dental assistant without the financial burden.
We know that the world’s a changed place due to the pandemic. Now more than ever is the time to practice smart safety measures. Our online program enables you to practice social distancing and learn from the safety of your own home. Many Americans are under quarantine. It’s a tragic time; but a great time to work on yourself and develop a new skill set!
We also send our students masks and gloves as an additional safety measure to show our care for your well-being.
All of us have different circumstances - busy work schedules, children or family members to take care of, etc. Our hybrid dental assistant program allows you to learn throughout the week through various e-learning modules as well as take-home lab kits! Each Saturday, you’ll have a two-hour online session with an instructor to review lectures, labs, and any questions you may have - all from the safety and convenience of your home! While we encourage the use of computers for the best educational experience, our programs are designed to be mobile-friendly!
*Please note: simulation activities must be done on a computer
Arch is pleased to announce we offer an optional but strongly recommended, lab and externship seminar at no additional cost to students who complete our 9-week program. Labs take place over the course of one weekend (both Saturday and Sunday, 10 hours per day) at regional training centers. The lab seminar provides students an additional opportunity to further develop the hands-on skills they will use as dental assistants. The 40-hour externship gives students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in a dental office.
*Due to state regulations, residents of Indiana and Arkansas must attend the lab seminar.
You can expect to spend about 3 and 1/2 hours per week on reading, lecture videos, online activities, lab simulations, and quizzes. Your student portal will provide you with the resources needed to complete the program.
Here’s a breakdown of the topics you’ll learn:
- How to use Personal Protective Equipment
- Disinfection & Sterilization
- Moisture Control
- Dental Anatomy
- Tray Setups
- Radiography and Radiation Safety
- Dental Specialties and Categories of Dental Procedures
- Instrument Transfer & Finger Rests
- Model Trimming
- Composite Procedures
- Digital Charting and Dental Coding
- Crown and Bridge
- Legal and Workplace Safety and Medical Emergencies
- Oral Surgery
- Restorative Dentistry
- Oral Hygiene & Preventive Dentistry
You will also spend an additional 3 and ½ hours on take-home labs!
Here’s some of what’s included in your take-home lab kit:
- Typodont (or mouth model)
- Alginate and Impression materials
- RINN Assembly
- Basic Instrument Setup
You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class. ElSevier can take 3-4 weeks to ship, whereas Amazon offers faster shipping. You may purchase (or rent) your books elsewhere as long as it is the same edition used in the course.