Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept financial aid?
We don’t accept financial aid. Rather than opting to make our school more expensive in order to allow for financial assistance, Our Founders chose to implement affordable tuition prices; providing our students with the opportunity to graduate with little to no student loan debt.
How long does it take to become a dental assistant?
The time it takes to become a Dental Assistant varies between schools and certificate programs. Our curriculum is 13-weeks long and fully prepares students to start working as a Dental Assistant.
How can your program be so fast?
Austin Academy of Dental Assisting is a “hands-on learning program.” We take a different approach from traditional education. There is a hands-on component to every part of our course. Our classes begin with a lecture/class discussion, but the majority of the class time is spent in labs learning the essential techniques of Dental Assisting.
How can a short course be as effective as a longer program?
As a newly hired Dental Assistant, your employer will have an expectation that you will know the basic skills of Dental Assisting. It’s those fundamental skills that we focus on teaching our students. Our custom designed curriculum sets students up for success in knowing exactly what dentists will expect them to know.
Will I be more qualified if I attend a longer program?
When you graduate from any dental assisting school you receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if they can expect to make a higher starting salary if they attend a longer program. The starting salary for a Dental Assistant does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how much you paid for your schooling.
What is the job description of a dental assistant?
Dental Assistants perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to assisting the dentist, carrying out clinical tasks, and completing administrative work.
Dental assistants may perform many different clinical duties including preparing patients and the work area for treatments and procedures, sterilizing dental instruments, assisting the dentist during procedures, administrative/front office tasks, working with patients on billing and payment, taking molds and impressions, performing x-rays, & more.
Dental Assistants are responsible for making patients feel at ease while also preparing them for treatment. During dental visits, assistants often work alongside the dentist.
What is the job outlook for dental assistants?
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information, please visit https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentalassistants.htm#tab-1.
How much does a dental assistant make?
The median annual wage for dental assistants is $38,690 per year as of May 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes319091.htm.
Will I be eligible for benefits with my employer?
Benefits vary by practice and should be discussed with the hiring practice.