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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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Haider Almosawi

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to start. Ross is where I started. Ross did an excellent job providing information, tools, advice, and homework that helped me discover that there are no ideal conditions and what matters is that I take action to start somewhere; a valuable lesson to integrate into all aspects of my life.

Haider Almosawi Graduate Medical Assistant student at Saginaw, MI campus Graduation: November 15, 2018
Yasmean Nasser

Ross is a school of excellence. With Ross, the opportunities are endless. Being enrolled here among staff and classmates is truly an honor.

Yasmean Nasser Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Taylor, MI campus Graduation: January 14, 1999
Sierra Fisher

I have loved my time here. I have gained so much knowledge in this field. It has made me prepared and excited to start my career in an office in Michigan!

Sierra Fisher Graduate Dental Assistant student at Sylvania, OH campus Graduation: March 19, 2019
Toshiba Smith

Ross has been great in my life. The instructors got me through some hard times in class and in my personal life. This experience has been wonderful. I've never completed any higher education until now. Ross has driven me to continue toward my nursing degree. After externship, I now work for a great doctor in pain management, and I love it.

Toshiba Smith Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: December 31, 2018
Cailin Neubert

The best way to change your life is to do something that will challenge you to grow. Ross is that challenge for me. With the help of my teachers and the entire Ross staff, I am learning to be better worker, team player, and student.

Cailin Neubert Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: April 5, 2019

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:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • 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
  • 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
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