Become a Registered Dental Assistant

Our program prepares students to take on significant responsibility as a member of a dental healthcare team. Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality, oral healthcare.


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14 Weeks

Program Length






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What does a Registered Dental Assistant do?

A dental assistant is a professional who supports a dentist and dental hygienist in a myriad of ways. They are highly visible members of the dental practice team. Job duties include scheduling patient appointments, obtaining preliminary vital signs and symptoms, performing diagnostic testing, creating laboratory molds, taking x-rays and assisting the dentist through all visits and dental procedures.

Dental assistants in many practices also typically inform patients of aftercare instructions as well as perform follow up calls. Working under the direction of a dentist, assistants may perform a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application and topical anesthetic application.

Where does a Registered Dental Assistant work?

Almost all dental assistants work in dentists’ offices.

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Registered Dental Assistant


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for dental assistants from 2020-2030 is projected to grow 11%, faster than average for all occupations. About 44,000 job openings for dental assistants are projected for each year.

The BLS reports the median annual wage for a dental assistant in 2020 was $41,180. The highest 10% earned more than $58,390.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of our dental assistant program you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Recognize proper infection control procedures, hand washing, sterilization of equipment, disinfection of operatories and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), per Standard and Universal precautions
  • Identify important head, neck and oral anatomy related to patient care, including anomalies and radiographic landmarks
  • Demonstrate essential dental assisting skills needed for patient preparation, measurement of vital signs and four-handed dentistry as well as the dental assistant’s role in medical emergencies
  • Classify clinical tools, techniques and materials used in four-handed dentistry
  • Discuss tooth numbering systems, dental charting and scheduling patients according to treatment plan
  • Explain informed consent and patient education including oral hygiene instruction and post-treatment care
  • Ensure HIPAA, OSHA, FDA and EPA compliance and follow CDC recommendations as applicable to protected health information, infection control, radiation safety, workplace safety and controls and documentation
  • Apply operator and patient radiation safety principles and address patient safety concerns
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of radiology, including guidelines, regulations and quality assurance in radiographic imaging and mounting

Courses - 14 Weeks

Professionalism in Allied Health

Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings

Dental Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology

Dental Assisting Essentials

Radiation Health and Safety in Dentistry

Program Preview

Registered Dental Assistant Job Possibilities

Laboratory Assistant

$26,000 – $49,000


Dental Assistant

$19,000 – $45,000


Dental Sales Representative

$22,000 - $72,000


Certification Information

The Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential is awarded by the private certification organization, American Medical Technologists (AMT), and taken in addition to any state licensing or regulatory requirements.


Dental Assistant

The purpose of this exam is to demonstrate entry-level competence in basic dental assisting duties; it does not qualify candidates for any advanced procedures or expanded functions in the role of dental assisting.

PLEASE NOTE: This program does not qualify for Dental Assistant licensing in the state of Montana. Each state’s dental board implements rules and regulations for delegating legally allowable duties to dental assistants. Passing the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam only conveys authority to perform these duties in those states that recognize these exams or this certification as meeting state dental assisting requirements.

Registered Dental Assistant Online Training Tuition Options

In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option. 



Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds. 


Pay for your training with an education loan through Sallie Mae. Follow the below steps to begin your registration process.

Complete the course registration process to reserve your seat.


Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select "Corporate Invoice" if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans. 


Download the free brochure below to your HR representative or manager and show them the benefits of gaining additional education!

Apply for a workforce grant through NCWorks and get all or part of your training paid for! Complete the course registration process on this site to reserve your seat. Select “NCWorks Grant” as your payment option. 

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Pay in full

Pay in full for your program using PayPal, Venmo or a credit card. 

Payment Plan



Flexible payment option

Choose PayPal Credit at checkout to receive no-interest payments if paid in full in 6 months.

Tuition Assistance



Employer sponsored payment

We accept employer sponsored payments including tuition assistance/reimbursement.


Many employers offer education assistance programs. Download the brochures to show your employer the benefit of upskilling their employees.


Greensboro College

Community College

Program & Tuition Cost

$4,000 average

Up to $20,000

Exam Fees, Books & Materials


Up to $750

Job Ready In

3–6 months

24–48 months

Schedule Flexibility

On-demand 24/7

Set class schedule

Travel Requirements

None: 100% online

On-campus classrooms

Student Support

Personal Advisors: text, call and email access

Professors: scheduled office hours

Career Coaching

Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers

Exam-based + prerequisites and electives

to meet credit

Content Delivery

3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning

Professor lectures

Meet Your Workforce Training Specialist

Kelly is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Kelly to learn more about the program, Greensboro College and how to achieve your workforce development goals!


Top skills a dental assistant should possess include great communication, listening, attention to details, dexterity, organization, basic computer knowledge and passion for helping patients.

Dental assistant responsibilities include assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, exposing dental X-rays from dental diagnostics and performing office management tasks. While working under the direction of a dentist, assistants may perform a variety of tasks such as coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application and topical anesthetic application.

Many dental assistants will tell you that there is no typical day because every day brings something different. Depending on where you work, you may perform many tasks including providing care to patients, setting up for dental procedures and running the front office. Your responsibilities very much depend on the dentist you work for.

You can work full-time or part-time as a dental assistant. Your position specifics and working hours will be determined by both your needs and the needs of your employer. Dental assistants can choose to work at one office or multiple offices to accommodate their personal schedule.

Dental assistants check-in the patient and prepare them for their appointment while a dental hygienist works directly with the patient to clean their teeth and check their mouth for any dental hygiene issues.

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