Get the Skills to Be a Dental Assistant

Dental students learn hands-on in real dental clinics

10 Month* Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) Diploma Program

 

Dental Assistants play an important role in any dental care team. Professional Dental Assistants provide a range of patient care services and keep dental offices running smoothly.

If you like helping people, enjoy a collaborative office environment and are interested in becoming a dental professional (without spending years in school), training as a Dental Assistant could be a great opportunity.


Become a Qualified Dental Assistant

Professional Dental Assistants play an important role in any dental care team. They provide a range of patient care services such as preparing patients for treatment, sterilizing instruments, assisting dentists during surgical procedures, preparing dental radiographs, taking impressions and fabricating provision crowns.

Career Training Academy’s 10-month Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) hands on training program is interactive and led by dental professionals with years of experience working in the field. Students receive a broad background in the fundamentals of EFDA standards, as well as current dental office practice.

Students gain confidence by performing dental procedures under the personalized guidance of instructors and get the up-to-date skills today’s Dentists look for. Skills include:

  • Dental Anatomy & Terminology
  • Dental Specialties
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Oral Pathology
  • Microbiology & Sterilization
  • Patient Psychology
  • Communications
  • CPR
  • Office Management  
 
  • Preventive Dentistry/Patient
  • Education
  • Dental Law & Ethics
  • Dental Pharmacology
  • Office Emergencies
  • Chairside Assisting
  • Dental Materials/Lab
  • Radiograph 
  • Next Program Start Dates

    • Jan 2nd: Dental Assistant - Lower Burrell

    State Licensing

    Graduates of this program are fully prepared and eligible for the following important industry certifications:

    • Pennsylvania Dental Radiology Exam**
    • Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry Expanded Function Dental Assistant Exam***

    These certifications are recognized and appreciated by employers.

    * Program length when completed in normal time.

    ** In order to legally perform dental radiological procedures in a dental office, Pennsylvania dental assistants are required to pass Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, which is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.


    Are You Career Training Ready? Find Out! Take the CTA “Healthcare Career Training Readiness Quiz”

    The fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Healthcare Career Training Readiness score now.


    Get Personalized Help – You’re Not In This Alone!

    “It’s too late. I’ve been out of school too long”
    “I went to Community College, but it didn’t work out”
    “I’ll look into it more when things settle down”

    We’ve been there.

    Many CTA students have tried other programs in the past. Many have children or aging parents to care for. They choose CTA, and succeed, because we’re different. We’re right for them. Students who choose this program are looking for a partner in their success.

    We’re all for independence! But we never want you to feel like you’re left to fend for yourself.

    In addition to sharing classes with a community of like-minded peers, as a CTA student you have the opportunity to take part in our Mentor System. You’ll have access to continual advising for both school and non-school issues.


    Real World Training – Professional Externship

    Dental Assisting students at CTA have the opportunity to learn directly on-the-job during a 2 month externship in a real dental care environment. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience working alongside dentists, other dental assisting professional and patients.

    Externships can be a great way to get a feel for your new career and make helpful industry connections before you graduate.


    Graduate Success Story

    Kaitlin “Katt” Hearn, a Monroeville campus Dental Assisting graduate, began her professional career as a Dental Assistant with Chestnut Hills Dental, Shadyside. While there she was responsible for a variety of dental procedures, biohazard containment, sterilization, and impressions.  She loves the interaction with patients and the ongoing learning environment in her career. She attended Career Training Academy for the Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) preparation within the Dental Assisting program which will enable her to take the state EFDA certification test. Successful completion of the test will allow her to reach her goal of becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Katt finds much satisfaction in providing patient education to ensure her patients understand and are fully educated on upcoming procedures and routine care.
    Kaitlin "Katt" Hearn
    Kaitlin "Katt" Hearn, 2016 Dental Assistant Graduate

    Get the Support You Need to Launch a Successful Career

    Dental Assistant training isn’t about getting a certificate to hang on the wall – it’s about getting a career you love. CTA is dedicated to supporting you throughout your career. Experienced Career Services professionals are happy to help with resume preparation, interview techniques and job searches.

    Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.


    Is a Rewarding Career in Dental Assisting Right for You? Get More Info…

    If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Dental Assisting and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

    A helpful CTA Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

    For immediate questions, call 1-866-673-7773

    For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, visit: Consumer Information (Lower Burrell Day / Lower Burrell Evening / Pittsburgh Day / Pittsburgh Evening).

    *** To remain certified, Expanded Function Dental Assistants are required to take 10 hours of State Board of Dentistry approved continuing education courses every two years. These courses may be completed at Pennsylvania Dental Assistants Association annual meetings or online through the American Dental Assistants Association website.