With our small class sizes, flexible schedules, and industry-experienced teaching staff, there’s never been a better time to take the next step in your dental assistant education by applying to South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT).
Our dental assisting training in Weslaco prepares students by focusing on their progress and teaching the skills and methods commonly used in dental workplaces.
STVT’s Dental Assisting Training
STVT’s Dental Assisting Diploma program prepares students for a dental assisting career in dental office administration. Students will have the opportunity to review dental office business procedures, dental laboratory techniques, dental radiology, CPR, four-handed and six-handed chairside assisting, word processing, and other computer skills.
Our dental assistant program emphasizes hands-on learning and patient and workplace safety. Students also participate in an externship program as part of their training, providing unique real-world experience.
There are a few required exams and courses necessary to practice as a Registered Dental Assistant in the state of Texas. Effective September 1, 2006, to apply to become a registered dental assistant, a student must complete a mandatory short course approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. By law, a dental assistant must be registered with TSBDE to take x-rays at a dentist office. Additional information about these dental assistant qualifications can be found on their website.*
*STVT does not guarantee third-party licensing/registration. Licensing/registration requirements for taking and passing 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 examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
What Do Dental Assistants Do?
Dental assistants may work varied schedules to support the needs of the practice. They work through a variety of tasks, and they often work both behind-the-scenes and directly with patients.
Dental assistants may sometimes need to keep patients comfortable and informed about their care. This could mean anything: explaining a procedure in terms patients can understand, answering questions, or even following up with a phone call after a procedure. Our dental assisting school focuses on these and other important skills to prepare students for success.
Should I be a Dental Assistant?
There are several dental assistant skills and traits that could be useful, especially if you like working with people. Dental assistants often work directly with people on a daily basis so a strong work ethic and a compassionate outlook could prove useful in the workplace. They frequently work to prepare for future patients, so organization and good multitasking ability may be relevant in the office.
If these traits sound like you, STVT is excited to help you learn how to become a dental assistant!
How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?
As with any career, wages and pay specifics will vary by workplace. However, 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.*
STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.
Career Outlook for Dental Assistants
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Dental technology is continuing to advance, and as dental practices grow, additional dental assistants could be needed. Graduating dental assistants could find themselves at the start of an exciting career!*
Do You Have Other Questions?
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