Dental Assistant Job RequirementsCompumed
Dental assistants work under supervision of licensed dentists. They provide support to the dentist and interact with patients. Dental assistant job requirements depend on the level of training and certification of the dental assistant. Florida dental assistants can be unlicensed and able to perform basic functions, specially trained for expanded duties, or nationally certified.
Basic Dental Assistant Job Requirements
In Florida, dental assistants can be trained on the job to do a set of allowable functions. A successful dental assistant will be good with people and able to follow directions. Some of the allowable functions for a formally trained include the following:
- Removing sutures
- Applying sealants
- Preparing a tooth surface
- Making teeth impressions for molds
- Applying FDA-approved fluorides
Some allowable duties can only be performed under direct supervision of the dentist. Other duties can be done under indirect supervision.
Dental assistants who do not have formal training from a school are even more limited in their allowable functions. Dental radiology certification is required before a dental assistant can do x-rays.
Only licensed dentists are allowed to prescribe and administer medications. Dental assistants are also not allowed to diagnose or create a treatment plan.
Expanded Dental Assistant Job Requirements
The training program at Compu-Med Vocational Careers prepares graduates for expanded dental assistant duties. In Florida, you must be trained at a Florida Board of Dentistry-approved school in Expanded Duties. On-the-job training is required, as well.
CMVC has a comprehensive Dental Assistant program. It covers what you need to become certified in dental radiography and work as an expanded duty dental assistant. Then you are qualified to perform all allowable functions and do x-rays for patients.
Dental radiology and Expanded duties are covered in the curriculum. The program goes in depth into what a dental assistant needs to know to become successful at their job. An externship at the end of the program gives them real-world experience.
Formal school training and on-the-job training go hand in hand. Both types of education are valuable for dental assistants. Formal training is required for expanded functions and may also increase your salary potential. On-the-job training gives you practical experience in the field.
You can get started in your career as a dental assistant. The first step is enrolling in a program that will give you the knowledge and skills that you need.
Do you want to learn more about CMVC’s Dental Assistant Program and how you can enroll? Contact us to get started!