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Pursue Dental Assistant school training through hands-on courses at one of 32 Ross campus locations.

In the Ross Dental Assistant school program, students will be instructed on clinical as well as administrative skills relevant to the dental office. Training program instructors with experience in the field provide instruction to students on many necessary skills including radiograph processing, preparing and disposing of anesthetic, taking and recording vital signs, and taking impressions.

Dental Assistant program students

Additionally, training program students are presented with important terminology and basic administrative tasks such as preparing a new patient chart, filing medical records, scheduling appointments, and completing insurance claim forms. Once students successfully complete the school program, they should be prepared to seek entry-level positions as dental assistants or receptionists, insurance clerks, supply salespeople, and/or administrative assistants.

What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental assistants are vital members of the dental office staff. Although their responsibilities may differ slightly from one facility to another depending on size and workflow, the demand for them is universal. Often you will find them providing direct patient care as they help to prepare patients for procedures or examinations, perform xrays, or assisting the dentist during treatment. They are also sometimes responsible for a variety of administrative tasks that can range from scheduling appointments and greeting patients to ordering supplies and updating patient records.

Dental Assistant Externships

After a Dental Assistant program student has completed all of the classroom modules, they continue on to the externship experience. Although all Ross' school courses are hands-on, the externship is extremely important as it offers the opportunity to apply all a student has learned outside the classroom and in a real dental office with other healthcare professionals. On the other hand, it allows local employers the chance to see our students in action and assess their skills before making a hiring decision. Because of how incredibly important this experience is, at Ross it is part of the normal curriculum for every student.

Certification for Dental Assistant Graduates

Certification is important to potential employers as they seek to hire the best and most qualified candidates. Becoming certified gives evidence that you have the necessary skills and knowledge as well as high commitment to your field. It shows that you are dedicated to providing excellent patient care and desire to continue growing in your profession.

Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College understand the importance of certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers reimbursement to graduates that take the Infection Control (ICE) Exam* and the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam* through Dental Assisting National Board.

*Non-Ohio campuses only. For Ohio campuses, there is the Ohio Dental Assistants Certification Exam (CODA) by The Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification.

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Kai Knudsen

Instructor has me more interested in this class than any previous instructor in any college I've attended.

Kai Knudsen Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at New Baltimore, MI campus Graduation: June 12, 2019
Samantha Collins

I've been in the program for the past five months and my time here at Ross has been awesome. When starting the program, I was nervous about what lie ahead, but after a few weeks, you get into the hang of things. I've made very close friendships in my time here and plan on carrying them outside of graduating. Ross has been one of the best decisions I've made. I'm looking forward to going on my externship and seeing what this career has in store for me.

Samantha Collins Graduate Medical Assistant student at Madison Heights, MI campus Graduation: February 13, 2019
Sherry Beltz

From the first day I walked through the doors at Ross, I have found the staff friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They are there for you every step of the way to help you succeed.

Sherry Beltz Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ontario, OH campus Graduation: April 24, 2019
Shayla Hall

I thank Ross for everything that they have done, from the first time I stepped foot on their campus. I was so afraid, but not so much of starting school, but afraid of failure. That was my biggest fear until talking with one of the school's administrators. She made me feel so comfortable in becoming a student at Ross. Once I started and met my teachers it became so easy. They took time out to help me when I didn't understand things, which made it that much easier. Once I got to my externship I was so excited yet afraid at the same time. However, where they sent me for my externship is where I wanted to go and upon completion, I am very proud to say that I got hired and I am still working there to this day! Ross helped me with my career so much that I enrolled in the online school for Ross and received my associates degree. It was hard being a full-time mom, employee, and student, but I did it and so can you, thanks to Ross and its amazing team!

Shayla Hall Graduate Medical Assistant student at Portage, MI campus Graduation: November 9, 2016
Abbigail Phebus

I thought I had my whole life to go back to school and then I had kids. Everything came to a halt and I thought it was too late for me. One night I did some digging and came across Ross Medical Education Center. I applied and instantly knew this was my chance to go back to school. It wasn't too late, and now I have graduated! Best choice I've made in making a career for myself!

Abbigail Phebus Graduate Medical Assistant student at Lafayette, IN campus Graduation: December 18, 2018

Dental Assistant Classes

The Dental Assistant program at Ross is made up of six modules containing classes that combine necessary information with hands-on clinical practice of skills used in the dental office.

Fundamentals of Dental Assisting

Students are introduced to the basic routines of the dental office.

Infection Control/Microbiology

In this course, students are introduced to OSHA standards for infection control and hazard communication. Students will learn how to take precautions and use a step-by-step method to disinfect and sterilize dental equipment.

Introduction to the Dental Team

Students will learn basic information about the dental health team.

Skull Anatomy/Human Dentition

Students are introduced to the basic anatomy of the head and teeth and learn related dental terminology.

Anatomy/Cranial Nerves

Students will learn about cranial anatomy, including cranial nerves, as it relates to administering anesthesia.

Dental Instruments and Equipment

This class familiarizes students with dental instruments and equipment and are taught how to place materials on models. Related dental terminology is taught in this course.

Dental Records Management

This course will help students become familiar with record management. Management systems, billing, banking, and insurance processing are explored.

Periodontics/Orthodontics

Students will be familiarized with dental specializations, including periodontics and orthodontics.

Chairside Dental Assisting

Students will become familiarized with the duties required in chairside dental assisting. An emphasis is placed on assisting patients overcome anxiety related to dental treatment, with pediatric dentistry being introduced as a specialty.

Dental Emergencies/CPR

This course instructs students on how to recognize dental emergencies and will explain what the role of the dental assistant is during such emergencies. CPR instruction is also given for adults, children, and infants.

Dental Law and Ethics

In this class, students will be given information about legal, ethical, privacy, security, and confidentiality issues in regard to dental health care.

Dental Materials

Students will learn how to take impressions and make casts, and then will practice dental procedures on the casts, including stints and temporary crowns.

Administrative Dental Assisting

This course introduces students to administrative and office procedures like appointment scheduling and telephone communications. Included in this course is career development instruction.

Dental Laboratory Procedures and Prosthodontics

This class explores prosthodontics as a specialty with instruction in crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and various mouth guards. Students will learn related terminology and will be familiarized with lab safety.

Oral Surgery/Endodontics

In this course, students will learn what procedures are performed by dental assistants during oral surgery and endodontics (root canals). Instruction on administering topical and local anesthetics is given. Other topics explored include recording vital signs.

Dental Radiography and Clinical Procedures

This course instructs students in taking diagnostic radiographs while maintaining radiation safety. Techniques explored include processing film and evaluating diagnostic quality, as well as learning about responsibilities regarding the state radiation safety certificate.

Medical Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Canton, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
Pharmacy Technician Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Charleston, WV
Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Midland, MI
Medical Insurance Billing & Office Administration Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • Quad Cities, IA
Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Practical Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Veterinary Technology Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree online program
Health Administrative Services Associate Degree online program
Human, Social, and Health Services Associate of Applied Science Degree online program
Medical Billing Administrative Specialist Associate Degree online program
Medical Office Management Associate Degree online program