Dental Assisting Training Program

Program Overview

  • This unique nine-week program is designed to prepare individuals to become Dental Assistants. It combines lecture and hands-on classes to expose both current and aspiring dental assistants to all major aspects of the profession. After completing the program, participants will be prepared to work in a variety of dental offices.
  • Participants will be provided with the opportunity to become certified in CPR and Radiology. They will be prepared for and take DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification exams (RHS-Radiation Health and Safety, ICE-Infection Control and AMP-Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology).
  • Participants will spend time observing and assisting in the General Dentistry clinics and will shadow different dental specialties. Rotations include: General Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontology & Implantology, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Radiology, and Sterilization.

Many roles of dental assistants include, but are not limited to:

  • Seating and preparing for patients
  • Charting
  • Instituting infection control procedures
  • Assisting the dentist during procedures
  • Ensuring patient comfort
  • Exposing and processing radiographs
  • Taking impressions
  • Oversee inventory control & ordering supplies

Dental Assisting Training Program Includes:

  • Radiology Certification for Dental Auxiliaries (need to pass state exam)
    • To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in the state of Massachusetts
  • Infection Prevention and Control, Continuing Education Course
  • Basic Life Support Certification (need to pass American Heart Association exam)
  • National Entry Level Dental Assistant Certification (NELDA)
    • Nationally recognized certification for on the job trained dental assistants
    • Need to pass 3 timed exams on computer at a Pearson VUE test center in Boston
      • Anatomy, Morphology & Physiology (AMP)
      • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
      • Infection Control (ICE)
    • AMP, RHS & ICE NELDA prep exams through DALE Foundation
  • Hands-on experience with the Boston University Dental Assistants
  • Assisting Boston University DMD students and Boston University Dental Assistants with patient care
  • Work with faculty and staff to create a lasting relationship
  • The Dental Assisting Training Program (DATP) is available to individuals located, or those who intend to work as Dental Assistants, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The clinical experience provided by the DATP meets the requirements necessary for initial licensure as a dental assistant trained on the job (OJT) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Additional requirements for on-the-job training licensure include, but are not limited to, examinations, additional certifications, background checks, etc. This program does not meet the Massachusetts licensure requirements for the EDFA or CDA, and is not CODA accredited.  For more information on licensure requirements, please visit the Massachusetts’s Board of Registration in Dentistry.