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Dental Assisting Training

Are you a people person who would enjoy a wide variety of tasks in a medical setting? Dental Assisting is a fast-growing field that requires interaction with patients as well as laboratory and office work.

IMBC Pittsburgh’s Dental Assistant Training Program will teach you to perform a variety of duties, such as helping patients to be as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, preparing patients for treatment, obtaining and updating medical records, taking vital signs, and giving post-operative instructions.

You will learn how to hand instruments and materials to dentists for a variety of dental procedures in a general dental practice, as well as dental specialty practices in oral surgery, pediatrics, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and prosthodontics.

Our faculty will teach you how to prepare and maintain the treatment rooms, dental laboratory, and instruments following OSHA, CDC, EPA, and OSAP guidelines for sterilization and disinfection; proper mixing and manipulation techniques for a variety of chairside and dental laboratory materials; and how to expose and process dental radiographs and be prepared to sit for the Pennsylvania Dental Radiology Exam. You will become proficient in laboratory skills, including taking and pouring alginate impressions, articulating and mounting study casts, fabricating custom trays, mouth guards, whitening trays, provisional crowns and bridges, and minor denture repairs.

We incorporate a Practical Dental Assisting Review Course into our program, so you will be familiar with the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry’s requirements and be able to anticipate a dentist’s needs.
We will give you administrative skills – everything from greeting patients and telephone etiquette to managing supply inventory systems and insurance procedures.

IMBC won’t just teach you Dental Assisting skills, we will help you find and retain a job in the field. We help you with interview skills, resume preparation, professional appearance and behavior, workplace dynamics and ethics, and development of good work habits.

Through our Dental Assisting Practicum, you get to practice skills learned in the classroom in a real dental facility. You will need to provide verification of up-to-date immunizations before beginning the practicum, and some dental practices may require you to complete a criminal or other background check.

When you complete our Dental Assisting training program, you will be eligible to sit for both the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential and the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, both administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

IMBC’s Dental Assisting training program will pay for both of these voluntary exams, and we strongly recommend that our students take them. Not only is the CDA credential recognized in more than 37 states*, prospective employers see it as validation of your skills and abilities, and it will give you a competitive edge in the job market.