Dental Assistant Course Details
Curriculum and Student Resources
St. John Dental Assistant School's mission is to provide our students with a comprehensive education covering all of the topics and procedures they will encounter in their new careers. Topics covered in our course include
Sterilization and Infection Control
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Dental Anatomy and Physiology
Proper Oral Hygiene
Preventative Care (including sealants)
Procedural Post-Operative Instructions
CPR, Pain Management, and More
Dental Assistant Externship
St. John Dental Assistant School 40-hour externship program provides our students with the real-world experience they need to become confident and qualified dental assistants. The externship portion of our course allows our students the opportunity to work under the direct guidance of experienced dental professionals in a local dental office. Students are eligible to begin their externships after class 3. Although we encourage our students to find their own externships, our Student Success Specialists are here to help our students identify potential opportunities in the area and assist with applications.
You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class. ElSevier can take 3-4 weeks to ship, whereas Amazon offers faster shipping. You may purchase (or rent) your books elsewhere as long as it is the same edition used in the course.
What Do I Get After Graduation?
We are accredited and regulated by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, so our program provides everything needed to practice as an entry-level dental assistant once you pass the state RHS exam at the end. When you're done, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion showing you went through a training program, you'll be BLS (CPR) certified, and you'll get your Radiology Certificate once you pass the state RHS exam.