Certified Dental Assistant

Includes GC, RHS and ICE Certification Exams

A career in Dental Assisting provides job satisfaction, financial security, and a rewarding experience of assisting people with their health and happiness. This program provides the skills needed as well as a simulation to practice these skills live.

Hours: 780 Hours
Duration: 12 months
Level: Beginner
Average Completion: 6 Months
Language: English
Occupation: Dental Assistant
Enrolled: 288 Students

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Certified Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants work at dentist's offices, orthodontic practices and dental surgery centers to help administer patient care during dental cleanings and oral surgery. Dental Assistants educate patients about procedures and dental maintenance, give instructions for oral care, order x-rays and other scans and reach out to patients about scheduling routine appointments. They set up dental exam tables, assist during cleanings and fillings and hold dental instruments like suction tubs and mirrors while the Dentist works. Dental Assistants also keep track of administrative duties like scheduling patients, stocking supplies and billing patients or insurance providers.

12 months of Full Access
12% Predicted 10-Years Job Growth

Is This the Right Career for You?

A career in dental assisting comes with a variety of benefits that will give you not only a job but a long lasting career. Some of the top benefits of pursuing this career path are: 1. It's an In-Demand Career (Job Security) 2. Good Income Potential 3. Opportunity for Growth 4. A Great Working Environment 5. It's a Rewarding Position.

1. Start today

Begin your transformation and learning journey right away.

2. Learn your way

Achieve your training at your own pace, according to your own schedule.

3. Get hired today

Complete industry-recognized certification and develop your employment strategy to begin your dream job.

6 Reasons to Complete Your Certified Dental Assistant Training With Us


With our programs, you can learn and study at your own pace with access 24/7/365 for the duration of your program. This means you can learn on your own terms and work around your own schedule.


Our online training comes with access to real, live support personnel that will help you through every step from our admissions adviser who will assist you with selecting the right training for you, to our student adviser who will be there with you during your entire training journey.


We have tailored our programs to provide comprehensive training in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for. With direct input and feedback from industry leaders and hiring managers, our program aligns with exactly what you need to successfully enter the workforce.


Our career training not only gives you the knowledge you need but preparation for the certification exams relevant to your desired career path. If you are pursuing an exciting new career in a field with a national certification, our program will both prepare you to sit for the exam but will often include a voucher for the exam cost.

Simulations and Case Studies

Our training programs have been developed with real learners and professionals in mind, so our programs incorporate real-world case studies and virtual simulations that will provide examples and interactions with real-life situations you may encounter during your career. These allow you to learn by experience with circumstances similar to what will be your daily responsibilities on the job.

Engaging and Interactive

Our training curriculum was developed with you in mind, looking at modern day learners and their needs. Our curriculum contains a mix of formats including reading, listening, watching, and interacting that will immerse you into a fun and engaging learning experience you will not only enjoy but not want to end.

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Program Description

If you’ve been wondering what do dental assistants do, this course will tell you all about it. Our certified dental assistant program is designed for individuals who don’t have any professional dental experience but want to improve their opportunities in the dental healthcare industry.
Our dental assistant course will teach students in detail about:
• The history of dentistry
• Essential legal information
• Oral anatomy
• Operation techniques
• Various dental equipment
Our aim for this interactive and multimedia-rich course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop mastery over procedures, standards, and the tools required for dental procedures. This way, when you acquire a job in a dental office, you’ll be prepared for all tasks that are expected from you.
This course also awards students with an exam vouchers for the exams required to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) through the Dental Assisting National Board(DANB). Experience requirements apply, please visit the danb.org website for more details.
If you’re looking for hands-on experience in the field, we provide opportunities for optional clinical externships at local healthcare providers as well.

This program is ideal for individuals with no previous dental experience as well as individuals working in the dental field who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and potentially advance their career. This program is also targeted at individuals working in the dental field that are looking to advance their career by obtaining their RHS and ICE certification.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas:
• List the core elements of the dental profession
• Define oral anatomy and physiology
• Recognize the steps for prevention of dental diseases
• Recall strategies for infection prevention in the dental office
• Identify the steps for completing dental assisting procedures
Though this program is a self-paced program it is supported by an educational mentor. Educational mentors are subject matter experts who have years of experience in their field as well as the necessary educational training and credentials to work as an expert. The mentor is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions. Mentors also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement. In eLearning, motivation is a key tool to success. Because of this, mentors provide encouraging comments, feedback, and coaching to motivate learners throughout the duration of the program to support completion and success!
Though you are provided a full 12 months access to your program, the average completion time is only 6 months!

Certified Dental Assistant FAQs

To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

Module 1: Healthcare Fundamentals
• Healthcare Fundamentals, The History
• Healthcare Etiquette
• Professional Situations and Applications
Module 2: Communication in Healthcare
• Healthcare Teams
• Team Success
• Champions
Module 3: Medical Documentation and Record-Keeping: HIPAA
• Use and Disclosure
• Real Life Scenarios
• Laws, Policies, and Requirements
Module 4: OSHA Infection Control Compliance
• Introduction to Infection Control
• Personal Protection
• Protection of the Office Environment
• Instruments, Specialized Equipment & Laboratory Specimens
• Infectious Patients & Healthcare Workers
• Waste Management Plan
• Chemical Disinfection
• Heat Sterilization
• Exposure Control
• General Safety Standards
• Employee Training
• OSHA'S Required Records
Module 5: Medical Terminology
• Word Structure
• Organization of the Body
• Diagnostic Testing and Radiology
Module 6: Anatomy and Physiology
• Anatomy and Physiology Basics
• Musculoskeletal System
• Integumentary System
• Digestive System
• Urinary System
Module 7: Infection Prevention and Safety
• Microbiology
• Disease Transmission and Infection Prevention
• Principles and Techniques of Disinfection
• Principles and Techniques of Instrument Processing and Sterilization
• Regulatory and Advisory Agencies
• Chemical and Waste Management
• Dental Unit Waterlines
• Ergonomics
Module 8: Radiographic Imaging
• Foundations of Radiology, Radiographic Equipment, and Radiation Safety
• Digital Imaging, Dental Film, and Processing Radiographs
• Legal Issues, Quality Assurance, and Infection Prevention
• Intraoral Imaging
• Extraoral Imaging
Module 9: Dental Professional and Sciences
• History of Dentistry
• The Professional Dental Assistant
• The Dental Healthcare Team
• Dental Ethics
• Dentistry and the Law
• General Anatomy
• General Physiology
• Oral Embryology and Histology
• Head and Neck Anatomy
• Landmarks of the Face and Oral Cavity
• Dentitions
• Tooth Morphology
Module 10: Patient Information and Administration
• Patient Dental Record
• Vital Signs
• Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
• Special Patients
• Pharmacology
• Medical Emergency
• Communication
• Operating Systems
• Financial Management
Module 11: Clinical Dentistry and Assisting
• Dental Caries
• Periodontal Diseases
• Preventative Dentistry
• Nutrition
• Oral Pathology
• Dental Care
• Dental Hand Instruments
• Dental Handpieces and Accessories
• Moisture Control
• Anesthesia and Pain Control
• Dental Materials
• Comprehensive Dental Care

All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

Internet Connection
• Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
Hardware Requirements
• Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
• Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

Software Requirements
• Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Adobe PDF Reader


DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification consists of three component exams:
General Chairside Assisting (GC)
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
Infection Control (ICE)

These exams are included in your program tuition.

Requirements for Certification:
1. High school graduation or equivalent, AND
2. Minimum of 3,500 hours of approved work experience, AND
3. Current hands-on CPR, BLS or ACLS from a DANB-accepted provider.

Those who do not meet the above requirements can pursue a National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification. The NELDA certification consists of three component exams:

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)
Infection Control (ICE)
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)


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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)


Earning certification through the Dental Assisting National Board is a great achievement. Many dental assistants know the value that holding DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification brings.

In addition to higher salaries, there are many personal and professional benefits. These are four top benefits, according to DANB's salary survey.

1. Greater knowledge
When asked about the personal benefits they feel DANB's CDA certification brings, dental assistants rank increased knowledge as number one. And it's no surprise since DANB certificants are lifelong learners. Earning continuing education is required for renewing DANB certification. Additionally, 90% of CDA certificants report having completed at least some college or more.

2. Increased pride
If knowledge is number one, pride is a close second. Considering that passing DANB's CDA exam is a special achievement that results from hard work and dedication, it's no surprise that dental assistants feel proud about earning this distinction.

3. Improved confidence
DANB certificants report that holding CDA certification helped them stand out when applying for jobs. Between this career advantage and a commitment to learning, it makes sense that CDA certificants report having greater confidence. This confidence likely comes from knowing that their knowledge-based competency has been demonstrated and that they earn CE each year to keep their knowledge up to date.

4. Higher satisfaction
When asked, 95% of DANB certificants surveyed said they view dental assisting as a career, and 89% reported high job satisfaction. In fact, 99% plan to renew their certification and 96% would encourage others to earn DANB certification! Job satisfaction is such a big part of enjoying what you do.

Clearly, DANB certification translates into more smiles all around.


• 100% Online, Self-Paced
• Open Enrollment
• Admissions and Student Support
• Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content
• Industry Certification Exam, when applicable
• Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion