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Dental Assistant



Perform a variety of services from office and laboratory duties to working chairside assisting dentists as they examine and treat patients.

Career Details


Students in Dental Assistant are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Setting up equipment and preparing patients for treatment
  • Sterilizing or disinfecting instruments, setting up instrument trays, preparing materials, and assisting the dentist during dental procedures
  • Exposing dental diagnostic X-rays
  • Collecting and recording treatment information and clinical data in patient records
  • Educating patients on how to maintain their dental health

Career Options

Career Options

Most program graduates work directly with dentists in their dental offices. Dental assistants typically work full time and help with patient care and management of the dental office. Some graduates may go on to work in dental laboratories as well.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Strong listening, communication, and organizational skills
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • At least 3,500 hours of experience as a dental assistant to achieve General Chairside (GC) certification
  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Concern for others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

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National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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