Dental Assistant Course Details
Curriculum and Student Resources
Olympia 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
Olympia 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 licensed and regulated by the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, so you will receive a Certificate of completion and BLS Certification through the American Heart Association. Dental assistants must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Health. Licensure requires the students complete the 7-hour HIV/AIDS training course. This is online homework offered through our program, so you will meet this requirement! You will be a Registered Dental Assistant upon completion.