Dental Assistant Texas Students FAQ’s

What is the demand for the Dental Assistant position? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Dental Assistant jobs is projected to increase by 42% in the next three years.

What is the earning potential of a Dental Assistant in the Permian Basin/Midland/Odessa area? Earnings for the Dental Assistant are variable based upon several factors; the location, type of practice or specialty, practice workload or production.  Earnings may increase as a result of skills and additional experience or training.

Why should I consider a career as a Dental Assistant? Starting a career as a Dental Assistant is very rewarding from the very start and is also a great step toward other positions within the dental profession.  There is a significant number of Dental Assistants that have been enjoying careers for 20+ years.

I have no experience in the health care industry. Will your course prepare me to become a Registered Dental Assistant? Yes! Our course is designed specifically to train inexperienced, committed individuals to become very qualified candidates as entry level Dental Assistants.  All areas of Dental Assisting required for the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) are covered in this course.

How long is the course? This course is completed in 11 consecutive Saturdays totaling 88 hours of lecture and hands-on laboratory in an actual dental practice.

Do Dental Assistants require any kind of registration or certification? In Texas, Dental Assistants are required to register with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) within the first year on the job, if they are taking X-rays.  This registration is called Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).  Upon registration the assistant may add the RDA credential after their name. There is also a National certification for Dental Assistants.  This certification is the responsibility of the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB).  DANB certification (CDA) is very similar to the TSBDE registration and it is nationally recognized, but not required.  Dental Assistants with a current DANB certification are still required to register with the State Board of Dental Examiners.  Dental Assistants with CDA certification may add the CDA credential after their name.


For Dental Assistants with no DANB CDA Credential:

Dental Assistants who have not received education, testing and credentialing from the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) must take and pass one of the SBDE-approved one day or on-line courses for Dental Assistants that covers Jurisprudence, Infection Control and Radiology.  Once a dental assistant has taken and passed one of the courses approved by the SBDE they may then apply for registration with the SBDE.  A list of approved registration one-day courses is available at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website: www.tsbde.state.tx.us. Or inquire with the school regarding the on-line course.

Is VIP Private Dental Assistant School a Texas State Board of Dental Examiners approved course provider? There is a very common question or confusion factor regarding the State accredited or approved courses for Dental Assistants. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners approved Dental Assistant course providers are those schools approved by the TSBDE to administer the one day course for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential. The course offered by VIP Private Dental Assistant School is an eleven Saturdays course designed to teach the skills required to be an entry level Dental Assistant.  At the completion of our course the graduate is prepared to attend the TSBDE required, one day, or on-line registration course.

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