Dental Assistant Online with Externship

Course Name

Dental Assistant Online with Externship

Contact Hours: 240

Course Description

The Dental Assistant Training Program curriculum prepares the student to take on significant responsibility as a member of the dental healthcare team. Employment positions are available in dental offices, hospitals, clinics, dental schools, and professional sales. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in delivery of quality oral health care. A career in dental assisting offers many challenges and a variety of procedures. Specific tasks may be performed such as assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, and performing office management tasks. Dental assisting offers variety, flexibility, excellent working conditions, and personal satisfaction. This course is designed for medical assistants, allied health students, CNAs, and anyone interested in dentistry or dental science. The Dental Assistant Program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Our program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework. Dental Assistants with documented skills also may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical, and office duties.

Note: All applicants must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or show proof of comparable training. The date on the CPR card should be current at the time of AMT certification. If physical limitations prevent CPR certification, contact the AMT Office.

Externship Protocol

Externship is a work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts under direct supervision of the clinical professional. This work-experience course will train students in multiple skills to help the provider carry out procedures, interview and care for patients, perform basic lab tests and administer medications. Students will be competent in both clinical and administrative procedures.

Hours: 120 hours

Meeting Location: As assigned by Clinical Externship Coordinator. Externship hours are Monday-Sunday beginning as early as 6am and can go till 11pm. It is expected for students to be flexible with times and days for clinical sites to accommodate students. Externship placements occur after successful completion of the course and student acknowledges all guidelines stipulated in an externship application. Although it`s rare, students must commit up to a 1 hour (one way) commute or longer depending on student location and are responsible for any expenses associate with such. The student will also be responsible for any expenses (if any) associated with externship onboarding requirements such as background checks & drug screens.

Attendance Policy: Students must attend 100% of clinical hours in order to pass competencies.

Please note: Course of study may be completed earlier indicated.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be proficient in dental assisting techniques with emphasis on four handed dentistry utilization of tray setups for specific general practice and procedures.


A virtual classroom is an online classroom that allows participants to communicate with one another, view presentations or videos, interact with other participants, and engage with resources in work groups. This option tends to be non-restricting, affordable, flexible learning, and accessible.

Assessment Tools:

  • Exams
  • Quizzes
  • Practical Experience
  • Online exercises
  • Lab Simulations


  • History of Dentistry
  • Communication in the Dental Office 
  • The Professional Dental Assistant 
  • The Dental Healthcare Team 
  • Dental Ethics 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Introduction to the Dental Office 
  • Learn how to give a tour of the office 
  • Your Appearance Lasting Impressions
  • How Dentistry has evolved 
  • Dentistry and the Law 
  • Delivering Dental Care 
  • Assisting in a Medical Emergency 
  • Vital Signs 
  • Land marks of the Face and Oral Cavity 
  • Overview and Definitions 
  • The Special Needs & Medically compromised patients 
  • Teeth location 
  • Charting 
  • Patient assistance 
  • Role Playing 
  • Making the patient comfortable 
  • Dental Hand Instrument 
  • Dental Hand pieces & Accessories 
  • Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 
  • Principles & Techniques of Disinfection
  • Principles & Techniques of Instrument processing & Sterilization 
  • Handling of instruments Sterilization 
  • Chair-side assisting
  • Externship