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Pursue Dental Assistant school training through hands-on courses at one of 31 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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Gabrianna Lambert

Being at Ross has completely changed my life. I had just had my son and knew I had to figure out what I wanted to do. My first day at Ross, I knew I wanted to be here. I am so happy I made the leap to be here and am so close to being on the career path I am meant to be on.

Gabrianna Lambert Graduate Medical Assistant student at Erlanger, KY campus Graduation: January 18, 2019
Tori Bluhm

Throughout my time during the program, I learned so much that will influence my future. Ross does a great job setting up your externship and career services will work with you to help you find a job. You get out what you put in! Ross has changed my life and I am so happy that I made the decision to go there. They were very caring of me and my fellow classmates, making sure we were succeeding at everything we did.

Tori Bluhm Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Roosevelt Park, MI campus Graduation: July 13, 2018
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
Brittany Glymph

My experience at Ross has been very rewarding. They have an open door policy and Ms. Jenny is an amazing teacher. The program is set up for students to accomplish their goals.

Brittany Glymph Graduate Dental Assistant student at Johnson City, TN campus Graduation: May 28, 2019
Abigail Floyd

My experience at Ross Medical Education Center has been life-changing! I love that we learn so much in such a short period of time. The teachers are so encouraging and they do their best to help you understand what they're teaching, even if it takes extra time. The program is very well organized and everyone is so welcoming. I couldn't ask for a better experience.

Abigail Floyd Graduate Medical Assistant student at Port Huron, MI campus Graduation: March 17, 2020

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.

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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
  • Quad Cities
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Erlanger
  • Hopkinsville
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Battle Creek
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Midland
  • Muskegon
  • New Baltimore
  • Port Huron
  • Saginaw
  • Taylor
  • Warren
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Mansfield
  • Niles
  • Canton (OH)
  • Sylvania
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Warren
  • New Baltimore
  • Muskegon
  • Saginaw
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Erlanger
  • Canton
  • Kalamazoo
  • New Baltimore
  • Warren
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Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Brighton
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Midland
Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration Certificate online program
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville
  • Quad Cities
Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Sylvania
Practical Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
  • Cincinnati
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Sylvania
Veterinary Technology Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
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