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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dental Assistant Salary

The average salary or hourly wage a Dental Assistant can expect to make, depends largely on several factors.

    The first factor is Location and it all goes back to SUPPLY AND DEMAND. An area that is heavily saturated with Dental Assistants will offer lower wages due to the fact that the office can acquire an assistant very easily.  Areas in need of Dental Assistants will pay more in order to get you to work in their office, versus the office down the street.

Dental Assistants
    The second factor is Experience. A dental assistant who has been in the profession a long time will be able to ask for a higher wage because the Dentist can expect to provide very little training and easy adaptability of the employee to his staff.  Experience can be a double-edged sword though. In some offices, Dentists are looking for new assistants because they can be easily trained and skills are formed around the specific way he likes to perform procedures. An experienced assistant may not be as appealing to this type of Dentist because she may bring old habits with her or an inability to alter how she does tasks.  It is important to be teachable, no matter what amount of experience you may have.

    Another factor is the place of employment, specifically, a Dental Specialty. Specialists are able to charge more for their time and work and are thus more willing to pay a higher wage to his staff.  Specialists usually perform Dentistry in a concentrated area of procedures and become experts at it. They are expected to be the best of the best and expect their assistants to fit the bill as well.  You will have to become an expert assistant in the procedures that your dentist performs, in order to expect an excellent wage.

Dental Assistants
     Being Bi-lingual or having special education in an area of study that can be applicable to the Dental Office will also help you acquire a higher wage.  There are many dental offices whose patients speak a different language and it will be important to the Dentist that you be able to understand and communicate with his patients.  Those who already know a second or third language, or those who would like to go to back to school and learn another language, will be a very desireable staff member among Dentists.

    Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is located in Lindon, Utah. We train and educate Dental Assistants and Dental Office Administrators within 12 weeks and certify each student in CPR and Radiology with the State of Utah.  Our instructors help each student to find an internship while they are in school and offer assistance in finding a job upon completion of the course. Check out our website for more information, or to request an appointment to tour our school.
Practical Dental Assisting of Utah

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dental Assisting

        Dental Assisting is one of the most rewarding careers available! A career in Dental Assisting offers good pay, excellent hours, a happy and upbeat working environment, and is an excellent place for individuals who love to work in a team.  A career as a Dental Assistant is secure for many reasons!

        Dental Assistants are important to the Dentist because he simply cannot do everything himself! As Assistants, we help the Dentist with suctioning, instrument passing, retracting the tongue or cheeks during procedures, and preparing patients for dental procedures.  We also write notes in patient charts, handle the charting for dental insurance claims, and make future appointments for the patients.
Dental Assistant with Dentist

       Dental Assistants are important to the patient.  As Assistants, we explain procedures and acquire the patients consent for a dental procedure. We help the patient with comfort in the patient chair and ensure they understand post-procedure instructions.  We call the patients in follow-up care and ensure that they are happy and healthy in their dental health.  It is important to be empathetic to patients needs and concerns, and to work with them to achieve optimal comfort and satisfaction. 

Dental Assistant with Patient

     Dental Assistants are important to each other.  In every dental office, the entire staff work as a TEAM.  There are often times an assistant must take extra time to speak to their patient, or may need an extra set of hands to clean the treatment room or sterilize the instruments.  As an assistant, each of us looks out for the other and helps when it is needed.  As a functioning dental office team, the entire day will run smoothly with everyone helping each other stay on task and on time!
Dental Assistants  
        Dental Assisting is rewarding, secure, and enjoyable!  All of our students graduate with knowledge and skills applicable to the dental field and our curriculum ensures that they are qualified in Radiology for the State of Utah and have the skills necessary to become an amazing Dental Assistant!

Contact us with any questions, comments, or inquiries. Visit our website at Practical Dental Assisting today!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Dental Assistant School in Utah

     Practical Dental Assisting offers night and evening classes for Dental Assisting Diploma Programs and Dental Office Administration Programs. We are located in Lindon, UT and have free tours of our school for those interested in seeing what we are all about! 

     Visit our website for more information. If you'd like to schedule a tour or talk to our Career Specialist, call or email us at the information listed below!

We love to transform careers and place each student in a wonderful work environment with good pay, great hours, and a very secure job!!!!

Contact: Jana Hansen
Phone: 801-360-7171

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dental Assisting Tuition Discount

Happy Valentines Day!

For 1 week we are offering a $100 tuition discount for all those who sign up for our March or June 2012 Classes. Registration has begun for each semester, feel free to call or email us with any questions! Have a wonderful Valentines Day!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dental Assistant School in Utah

    Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is a Dental Assistant School in Utah that offers education for dental assisting and dental office administration. What are you going to get at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah?
    Practical Dental Assisting of Utah Website
  • Education in Basic and Specialty Dentistry so that your options are wide open!
  • Skills to acquire a dental assisting job in a STABLE and fun career field.
  • The ability to work in a great environment with energetic people and a job that you can LOVE!
  • A job with amazing hours and pay that is more than double the minimum wage.
     Other courses at our competitor schools offer courses too long and too expensive to pay for. They may offer special financing and long classes, but you can achieve the same Radiology Certification and Dental Assisting Diploma at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah and pay less than half the cost of our competitors AND finish your course in just 12 weeks!

    Feel free to check out our website, call us, or email us with any questions. The class for January 2011 is filling up fast and only a few spots are available. Call today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dental Assisting School in Utah

Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is a competitive Dental Assisting school in Utah County with competitive pricing 
and financing options to suit every students needs.

"My experience with Practical Dental Assisting was awesome! The instructors are great, and really take the time to help you understand everything to your needs. It was very hands on making it easy to learn the material that was needed to be learned.  Everything was taught in a very thorough matter, in a way that was easy to learn. Classes were small making it easy to become a "family" to help each other and learn together. The facility is a great, with the dental office feel.  I learned so much about dentistry, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience at PDA. Great school, great staff, and great people!"
-Jake M.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dental Assistant Salary

     Are you wondering what kind of salary or income you can make as a dental assistant? We at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah want our students to have a job BEFORE they graduate from our dental assisting school in Utah County. The average dental assistant salary and hourly wage varies according to state, city, number of dentists in a specific area, and the type of dental office they may work. We found the following to be a good summary of a dental assistant salary.
  • Dental assistants work in a number of health care professions, but the most popular industries tend to be dental prosthetic services, family dentistry, health care, orthodontics and pediatric offices.  The salaries of these industries are similar as they start out a little less than $12 an hour and may increase to just under the national average of about $16. *
  • The average yearly salary is typically between $24,000 and $35,000. You may start at an hourly rate of a little more than $11 and eventually work your way to more than $16 an hour. *
  • Someone with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology may start off around $10 an hour and may eventually work up to $15. *
  • A certificate of completion can get you started above the average hourly salary with around $12 and can eventually earn you a slightly higher salary than you would have with a BS. *
     We understand the need for a stable and rewarding career. The great fact about dentistry is people are always going to have teeth and will always have dental care needs! The Dental Field is not under threat from our current economy and each of our instructors have years of experience in the field. We are currently updating and extending our curriculum to better educate our students in basic and specialty dental assistant training. Feel free to check out our website and call us with any questions!

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