At the South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT), our dental assistant courses provide hands-on training in chairside dental care, office administration, laboratory procedures, and much more. As one of the fastest-growing careers*, dental assisting could lead to an exciting future with the right training.
STVT’s Dental Assisting Training
Our dental assisting training in Corpus Christi helps prepare students for office administration and laboratory procedures, with an additional focus on assisting dentists with direct patient care.
STVT can help prepare you for tasks commonly encountered in a dental practice, and some courses offered to our Dental Assisting students include:
- Dental Appointments and Scheduling
- Dental History
- Law and Ethics
- Dental Team Specializations
- Dental Inventory Control
- Dental Patient Records
- Embryology and Histology
- Preventative Dentistry and Infection Control
- Tooth Morphology
- Career Planning
Additional skills taught at our dental assisting schools include dental office business procedures, dental laboratory techniques, dental radiology, CPR, four-handed and six-handed chairside assisting, and common computer skills. Patient and workplace safety is also included in many of our available courses.
What Do Dental Assistants Do?
Dental assistants perform a variety of tasks to keep a dental practice running. While specific tasks will vary by dental practice, dental assistants could be asked to work in three key duty areas:
STVT’s dental assisting school prepares students for common tasks in each of these duties.
Should I be a Dental Assistant?
If you like working with people, dental assisting could be a rewarding career for you. Because they often work directly with patients, dental assistants should be outgoing and ready to work. Dental Assistants also need to be organized so the dental care team can better support its patients.
It’s important to note that dental assistants are not dental hygienists, as dental hygienists perform different tasks than dental assistants and must obtain different licensing. *
*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for dental assistants was $38,660 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,800.*
Salary earned will vary according to many factors. STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.
Career Outlook for Dental Assistants
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for other occupations. Dental technology is continuing to advance, and as dental practices grow, additional dental assistants could be needed.*
Do You Have Other Questions?
We know that a decision to attend school is an important step in your personal and professional life. At STVT, we are committed to making sure that you have the information to make a career training decision that’s right for you. We are happy to answer your questions about our dental assistant courses in Corpus Christi.
Find Out More About Your Future at STVT Today!
Find out why STVT could be the next step in your career! Our admissions team will help answer your questions and set up a tour. During your visit to our Corpus Christi campus, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet with Financial Aid, Career Services, and campus instructors so you can have the right information to make the decision that’s best for you.