Dental Assistants

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Dental Assistant (DA), Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

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Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Apprentice; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant Journeyman; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Superintendent; Health Services Management Apprentice; Health Services Management Craftsman; Health Services Management Helper; Health Services Management Journeyman, Health Information Technology
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Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Apprentice; Dental Assistant Craftsman; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant Helper; Dental Assistant Journeyman; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist
What they do:
Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.



  • customer service
  • management


  • medicine and dentistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Ideas and Logic

  • use rules to solve problems
  • order or arrange things


  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Henry Schein Dentrix Hot Technology In Demand
  • Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Email software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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