Dental Hygenist Online Schools & Degrees

About Dental Assistance Online Degree:
AS the name suggests, assistants work in the offices of professionals belonging to dental healthcare activities and help their operations run smoothly while providing their own dental skills and knowledge at the same time. They also perform different other operations which include providing dental advices to patients and may execute clerical insurance and billing responsibilities.

Online Dental degree programs for medical assistants last between one and two years, and end in earning a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree. The coursework generally emphasizes on medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, along with laboratory techniques, medical ethics, first aid, pharmaceutical principles, medication procedures, and diagnostic procedures. The coursework also includes administrative courses such as typing, record-keeping, and accounting.

Distance Learning Online Dental Assistance Programs:
Following is the list of courses being taught during the regular online dental assistant degree program. However different accredited online universities may offer concentrations on different subjects.
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Human Biology
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Radiography
  • Pre-Clinical Techniques
  • Dental Ethics and Business Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Computer Skills and Applications
  • Introduction to Histology and
  • Pharmacology and Emergency
  • Oral Pathology
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Pharmacology and Emergency Care
  • Business English
  • CO-OP 
  • Dental Terminology
  • Dental Anatomy & Physiology
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • Clinical Support
  • Dental Assisting Theory
  • Applied Dental Science
  • Preventive Dentistry
Earning Potential / Salary:
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the annual average salary of dental assistants in May 2008 was $32,380. Depending upon the nature of work, size of organization and experience the salary ranges from less than $22,270 to the highest of $46,150. In May 2006 per hour salary of a dental assistant was $14.53. Out of which:
  • The middle 50% dental assistant earned: $11.94 and $17.44 per hour
  • The lowest 10% dental assistant earned: $9.87 per hour
  • The highest 10% dental assistant earned: $20.69 per hour

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Career Options in Dental Assistance:

BLS guarantees a steady growth in the dental assistant field in future. According to a report in 2008 stated that dental assistants held about 295,300 jobs. And about 93 percent of all jobs were in the offices of dentists. However there are also some jobs at government department. Graduates in dental assistant may work in:
  • Sole dental practice (with only one dentist)
  • Group dental practices (with more than one dental partner)
  • Highly skilled dental practices such as orthodontics, pediatric etc
  • Hospital dental facilities
  • Public health dentistry
  • Sales: selling of dental equipment to consumers, dentists, or other businesses
  • Teaching facility

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Top Dental Assistance Online Schools:

  • Kaplan University
  • Virginia College
  • Keiser University eCampus
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Penn Foster Schools
  • Stratford Career Institute
  • Ashworth College - Canada
  • Ashworth College - US
  • Herzing University Online
  • Daytona College Online
  • Fortis College
    (Formerly known as RETS College)
  • Sacred Heart University - Online
  • San Joaquin Valley College Online
  • U.S. Career Institute - Online
  • Ultimate Medical Academy Online
  • A.T. Still University - Online

Dental Assistance Online Degree Variations:
Following is the list of degrees available in dental assistant:

Certificate - Online Dental Assistant
  • Certificate in Dental Assisting
  • Diploma in Medical Assisting (Online)

Associate - Online Dental Assistant
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene
  • AAS in Medical Office Management

Bachelor - Online Dental Assistant
  • BS Health Sciences: Prof. Development & Advanced Patient Care

Doctorate - Online Dental Assistant

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