Dental Assistant Course Details

Curriculum and Student Resources

Albuquerque 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)
  • Moisture Control
  • Dental Anatomy and Physiology
  • Radiology
  • Charting
  • Dental Instruments
  • Restorative Techniques
  • Proper Oral Hygiene
  • Preventative Care (including sealants)
  • Procedural Post-Operative Instructions
  • CPR, Pain Management, and More

Dental Assistant Externship

Albuquerque Dental Assistant School’s 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 6. 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.

Dental assisting student in lab

Required Reading

You are required to either purchase or rent the Essentials of Dental Assisting textbook for class.The workbook must be purchased and cannot be rented because you will be writing in it. Both ElSevier and Amazon offer a discount on a package bundle. 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.

Cover photo of the Essentials of Dental Assisting 6th Edition

What Do I Get After Graduation?

We are licensed and regulated by the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, Private Postsecondary Schools Division. Students who graduate from Albuquerque Dental Assistant School receive their Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion. Additionally, students receive their BLS (CPR) certification in class through the American Heart Association.

After completion of our course, students can then apply for Expanded Function Certification in Radiography (the process will be gone over with you in class!) within 6 months after graduation. This includes: DANB RHS (Radiation Health & Safety) Exam, Radiography Clinical Exam (taken after radiography training permit has been issued), & New Mexico State Jurisprudence Exam (part of the application for radiography training permit. It is in a take-home, open book format). We offer a full reimbursement for the RHS exam to students who have obtained a successful certificate of completion.

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