5 Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Assistant Training

Learning dental assisting at ACMC can get you started in a new career field

If you are thinking about getting an education or going back to school, have you ever considered career-focused training? This type of training can usually be completed in one or two years, and prepares you with marketable skills that make you ready for today’s job market.

One of the career-focused programs at the American College of Medical Careers is called Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions. Here are the five FAQ’s we hear from people interested in becoming a dental assistant:

Question 1: Is there a dental assistant school near me?
Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a community college, private career school, or vocational school that offers this type of training. The College Navigator is one resource that allows you to search schools by the programs they offer. Using the “Browse for Programs” feature, you can find Dental Assisting/Assistant schools in your area. Be sure to ask these questions as you are comparing your options:

  • Is the school accredited?
  • Does it have hands-on learning and externship opportunities?
  • Does it have day and evening options?
  • How much is the tuition?
  • Is there a financial aid department to help me apply for aid?
  • Is there a career services department to help with job placement?

At ACMC, located in Orlando, Florida, our dental assisting program offers all of the above! Our accredited program prepares you with the skills you need to get started in this important career field right away.

Question 2: I wasn’t the best student in high school. Will I get accepted?
Most dental assistant programs require that you have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED. Career-focused schools like ACMC are geared toward helping students succeed even if you may not have been the best student in high school. We want to give you a second chance and help you get the skills you need to find rewarding professional employment.

Question 3: How long does it take to get trained?
Most training can be completed in one year’s time, if you are a full-time student. For part-time evening programs, it typically takes two years. Be prepared to commit yourself to finishing your program. It’s important to attend all of your classes, complete your homework, and study for your exams. This will keep you on track for finishing your program on time.

Question 4: How much does it cost to go to dental assistant school?
The tuition for your dental assistant school will vary depending on the type of school you choose. When you are looking for schools, be sure to take tours and inquire about the tuition.

Before giving up and thinking you can’t afford it, remember that you may be eligible for financial aid. Once you have found a few potential schools, you should fill out the FAFSA. This process helps to determine how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive. Then wait to hear from your potential schools about what kind of financial aid package they can provide for you. This will help you decide which school works best for you.

At ACMC, we have admissions representatives who can help you navigate the process of applying for financial aid. Take advantage of these services so that you are sure you are exploring all of your financing options.

5. How much do dental assistants make?
Like so many jobs, wages and salaries vary depending on where you work and your level of experience. Visit the salary page of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This page is frequently updated, and contains the median annual wage of dental assistants across the country. Keep in mind that this is a nation-wide statistic and it includes people with many years of experience. You may have to search job ads or ask the career services advisors at your potential schools about wages for entry-level jobs in your area.

We hope these questions-and-answers are helpful to anyone who is considering this field of work. If you live in the Orlando, Florida area and are interested in pursuing training at ACMC, please give us a call or contact us online. We will be happy to tell you more about getting started in our program.