Why Dental Assisting?
Becoming a Dental Assistant is your chance to take control of your future with a flexible, high-paying, in-demand, and rewarding healthcare career. You’ll be able to make a real difference in people’s lives and take pride in your work. Plus…
Dental Assistants can earn over $40,000 per year!
The demand for qualified Dental Assitants is growing fast!
Most Dental Assistants work the traditional 9-5 schedule.
What Does A Dental Assistant Do?
Dental Assistants are essential members of any dental practice’s team. As a Dental Assistant, you may be responsible for:
- Preparing patients for treatment and ensuring their comfort
- Sterilizing dental equipment and instruments
- Assisting a dentist during procedures
- Helping patients understand how to care for their teeth and gums
- Working with high-tech dental x-rays and other lab and diagnostic tools
- Scheduling patients’ appointments and reminding them of upcoming treatments
- Helping patients work with their insurance companies to resolve billing and payment issues
There’s never a slow moment in a dental practice. When you work as a Dental Assistant, you’ll be amazed at how fast the day goes by and how much you’ll see, learn, and do.
My experience was absolutely amazing. I got hired at a dental office even before I finished this program! I have to say a big thank you to Melanie and Tanya. I know with out these two I wouldn’t know what I know today. I highly recommend the Radiance Dental Assistant school program.
— Inna K.
Career Growth and Opportunities
A career in Dental Assisting is a great way to explore and prepare for other careers in healthcare without the investment required by a 4-year (or longer) degree program. Dental Assistants experience all aspects of what it takes to run a dental practice including administration, patient care, and more.
With experience, and additional training and education, many Dental Assistants become:
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Office Managers
- Insurance Claims Processing & Coding
Working in these fields, you may earn up to $70,000 (or more) annually
Is Dental Assisting Right For You?
The best Dental Assistants are flexible, hard-working, compassionate, detail-oriented, great listeners and communicators, and have excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills. At Radiance Dental Assisting Academy, we can help you develop the confidence and skills you need to become an outstanding Dental Assistant.
Meet Our Faculty
25+ Years Experience!
Learn About Our Program
Intern & Graduate In 12 Weeks!
Why Choose Radiance Dental Assisting Academy?
Hone your skills at our on-site dental practice
Flexible night and weekend class schedules
144 total hours of study & hands-on training
Small classes with 1-on-1 instruction
Financial assistance & payment plans
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Assisting Careers
How Does Dental Assisting Compare to Other Healthcare Careers?
Dental Assisting has many advantages compared to other healthcare careers. Many of our students consider studying to work as a medical laboratory assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), or other healthcare technician. However, these positions often require long, unpredictable hours (including evening and weekend work) for low pay. By comparison, Dental Assistants tend to work regular office hours for pay that starts around $20/hour.
I’m Interested But Not Ready to Enroll. Can You Answer My Questions?
Absolutely! We encourage all interested students to sit down with our experienced instructors and ask any questions they might have. If you’re interested you can also sit in on one of our classroom sessions or shadow a dentist at our on-site dental practice to learn more about the field.
Do I Need Any Healthcare Experience Before Becoming A Dental Assistant?
No! Most of the students at Radiance Dental Assisting Academy have no healthcare career background or training. Many of our students are recent high school graduates or have worked in unrelated fields like retail sales.
How Do I Find My First Dental Assisting Position?
When you complete your classroom training and internship at the Radiance Dental Assisting Academy, we will actively assist you in your career search. We place our graduates with many local dental practices and nearly 100% of graduates start working right away.
How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?
Recent research shows that entry-level Dental Assistants in Washington and Oregon, including the Vancouver and Portland areas can expect to earn about $35,000 a year. With more experience, dental assistants can earn up to $27 an hour.