Thank you so much for your interest in Dental Assisting School of San Antonio. I, along with our instructors look forward to welcoming you to our innovative and fun course in dental assisting. We offer a course designed to give you the skills necessary to start your new career, at a minimum cost of time and expense.
We offer this opportunity from the perspective of practicing dentists and experienced dental assistants in a unique dental office classroom. While we will seek to give you exposure to a wide range of techniques, materials, and dental knowledge, we will focus on the skills that dentists see as “core necessities” for starting a job as a dental assistant right away.
Job opportunities for trained dental assistants are readily available in today’s marketplace. While no one can guarantee job placement, the dental profession is currently facing a shortage of trained dental assistants. With our course, you will be equipped to start your new exciting career in dental assisting with an eye on future opportunities.
Our enrollment process is easy and we will guide you every step of the way.
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Cost & Payment Options
The Administration Fee ($100) is due with an enrollment agreement to hold your place in the class.
The total cost for the 13 week Dental Assisting Program is $4,999 and many students utilize our financing options. Click here to see if you qualify.
There are a limited number of seats available in each class. Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submit your Enrollment Application here.
Financing options are available to help students receive a quality yet affordable education.
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In-House Payment Options
There are affordable financing options to make sure everyone can afford this program.
There are a limited number of seats available in each class. Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median dental assistant salary in Texas is $39,680 a year and is rising because dental assistants are in such high demand.
The highest-earning dental assistants are earning as much as $52,530 a year. Once you become a dental assistant there are many different paths you can take to advance. After graduating from our program you will have the opportunity to earn advanced certifications while working in a dental office. Additional certifications provide a pathway to continue advancing your dental assisting career.
Here is an example of the path that Allison B took:
Dental offices in in our community reach out to us weekly inquiring about soon to be and recent graduates . In addition, we attend monthly Lunch and Learns that keep the local doctors informed about our program. Our instructors also keep local offices up to date with regular emails that detail what our students are learning that week.
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DA 101 - Introduction to the Dental Assisting - (1.5 hours of lecture)
Students are introduced to the profession of Dentistry and the responsibilities of the dental health team and the areas of the dental office. Students will be able to describe the highlights in the history of dental assisting and dentistry, understand the roles of team members in a dental office and identify areas of the dental office.
DA 102 – Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting - (1.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn the ethics governing dentistry and the various governmental agencies entrusted with the regulation of the dental profession to ensure and protect the public from incompetent and unethical practices. Topics include informed consents, regulatory agencies, ethics and laws, and characteristics of a dental assistant. Students will learn characteristics and qualities of a professional dental assistant, understand ethics and laws as well as states Dental Practice Act. Be able to identify professional and regulatory agencies, understand risk management, consent forms and patient records.
DA 103- Anatomy and Physiology- (1.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn terms used to designate directions in the body, planes and sections of the body, organizational levels of the human body, each body system and its major function. Students will be able to identify landmarks on the face and oral cavity as well as major muscle mastication and facial expressions and state the function of each.
DA 104- Dental Anatomy- (1.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn the anatomic parts of the tooth and explain the composition of each of the tissues of a tooth. Learn the number systems to designate the name and surfaces of each tooth and will be able to identify the locations of all surfaces of the teeth, name the tooth surfaces and describe the anatomic features of the tooth.
DA 105- Disease Transmission- (1 hour of lecture)
Students will learn to compare and contrast the types of pathogens, explain the concept of the chain of infection and identify differences in infection types and describe viral and bacterial infections that are major concerns to dental professionals.
DA 106- Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials- (1 hour of lecture)
Provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety & Health Administration when it comes to workplace safety and infection control in dentistry.
DA 107- Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation- (1 hour of lecture)
Students will describe classifications of instruments, equipment and surfaces that are used to determine the type of posttreatment processing.
DA 108- Instrument Processing- (1 hour of lecture)
Students will identify the seven steps of processing dental instruments.
DA 109- Clinical Dentistry- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Describe the design and purpose of the clinical area of the dental office and identify the standard dental equipment located in the clinical area of a dental office.
DA 110- Moisture Control- (½ hour of lecture)
Students will understand the two basic types of rinsing procedures used in dentistry and demonstrate how to perform a mouth rinse. They will understand evacuation and isolation techniques.
DA 111- The Dental Patient- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will understand the role of the dental assistant in providing quality patient care. They will understand the patient record, medical history, taking vitals and HIPAA.
DA 112- The Dental Examination- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will understand the components of a dental examination including the variety of examination techniques used in dentistry.
DA 113 - Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office - (1 hour of lecture)
Understanding the standard of care for handling medical emergencies in the dental office. Describe the assigned roles of dental office staff members during a medical emergency.
DA 114- Pain and Anxiety Control- (2 hours of lecture)
Understand the importance of pain and anxiety control in dentistry and learn the techniques for this.
DA 115 – Radiation Safety and Production of
X-Rays - (1 hour of lecture)
Students will learn the basic principles of X-Ray. The operating principle of the X-Ray Machine is also discussed. Topics also include types of film exposures and film processing errors.
DA 116 - Oral Radiography - (1/2 hour of lecture)
The students will have an in-depth review of subjects likely to be encountered on the state specific radiographic written examination. A good grasp of this subject will greatly enhance the student’s likelihood of passing the written examination.
DA 117- Preventative Care- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will learn the goals of preventative dentistry and be able to name the components of a comprehensive dental program.
DA 118- Coronal Polishing and Sealants- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Understand the difference between coronal polishing and prophylaxis, the equipment used for dental hygiene procedures and the purposes for placement and application of dental sealants.
DA 119- Instruments, Handpieces and Accessories- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will learn the parts of hand instrument design and be able to define the function of each as well as accessory instruments, dental handpieces and burs.
DA 120 – Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials - (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will learn various materials used in dentistry. Topics include cavity varnishes and liners, dental cements, surgical cements/periodontal dressing, glass ionomer cements, composites, sealants and dental amalgams.
DA 121- Restorative Procedures- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will understand the process and principles of tooth preparation as well as the importance of the matrix system for Class III and Class IV restorations.
DA 122- Impression Materials and Lab Procedures- (1/2 hour of lecture)
Students will understand the different types of impressions, impression trays and bite registrations. They will also understand the uses of the diagnostic casts and dental models.
DA 123 – Prosthodontics and Dental Implants - (1/2 hour of lecture)
Complete restoration, or the replacement, of one or more teeth in a dental arch. The students will learn the different types of fixed prosthodontics restorations.
DA 124 – Periodontics - (1 hour of lecture)
Deals with the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases which is the most common cause of tooth loss. The students will learn the causes of periodontal disease, symptoms, examination procedures and treatment.
DA 125 – Endodontics - (1 hour of lecture)
More commonly referred to as Root Canal Therapy. The students will learn the steps in a root canal procedure and the different instruments and materials required.
DA 126 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - (1 hour of lecture)
Involves with removing of teeth, treating jaw fractures, bone and tissue grafts and removal of tumors and cysts and reconstruction of oral and dental deformities. The students will learn the various procedures and instruments use in oral surgery.
DA 127 - Pediatric Dentistry - (1 hour of lecture)
Specialty limited to the dental care of children. The students will learn the special requirements prior to treatment of children. Topics include informed consent from guardians, behavioral management of children during treatment and the common pediatric dental procedures.
DA 128 – Orthodontics - (1 hour of lecture)
Prevention and correction of dental and oral deviations. The students will learn the various types and causes of malformations and malocclusions and how they are corrected.
DA 129 – The Job Search - (1 hour of lecture)
Fundamentals of Resume writing. The students will learn how to write effective resumes. Students may present resumes to the instructors during office hours for comments and corrections as well as learn interview skills.
LA107- Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation (1 hour of lab)
Discuss surface barriers as well as demonstrate placing and removing surface barriers. Students will be able to clean rooms and disinfect according to agency standards.
LA108- Instrument Processing (1 hour of lab)
Perform “ideal” instrument processing, understand all methods of sterilization as well as identify the three forms of sterilization monitoring.
LA109- Clinical Dentistry (1.5 hour of lab)
Demonstrate the transfer of instruments between the clinical assistant to the dentist, understand proper positioning of the dental team as well as the clock concept of operating zones.
LA110- Moisture Control (.5 hour lab)
Students will understand the two basic types of rinsing procedures used in dentistry and demonstrate how to perform a mouth rinse. They will understand evacuation and isolation techniques. Students will learn to use a dental dam.
LA111- The Dental Patient (.5 hour lab)
Students will learn to take vital signs, review medical history and maintain a patient dental record.
LA112- The Dental Examination (1.5 hours of lab)
Identify charting symbols, abbreviations and classifications used during the patient exam. Understand how to record dental treatment and the procedure to record the completed dental treatment.
LA113 – CPR Training and Certification - (3 hours of lab)
Students are taught how to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Training will be conducted by representatives of the local American Red Cross or Fire Department. Upon completion of this training students will be awarded Certificates of Completion.
LA115- Radiation Safety and the Production of X-Rays (2 hours of lab)
Students will learn how to take x-rays properly using the safety protocols.
LA116- Oral Radiography (2.5 hours of lab)
Students will learn the three types of intraoral views, components of film based radiography as well as infection control. They will understand processing techniques as well as mounting.
LA117- Preventative Care (2.5 hours of lab)
Students will learn how to educate patients on oral hygiene as well as nutrition.
LA118- Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants (2.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn how to place sealants and how to perform coronal polishing.
LA119- Instruments, Handpieces and Accessories (2.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn the parts of hand instrument design and be able to define the function of each as well as accessory instruments, dental handpieces and burs.
LA120- Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials (2.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn the dental materials used in restorative dentistry, understand the criteria that must be met before a dental material is brought to the market and be able to describe the basic properties required of dental materials to be used within the environment of the oral cavity.
LA121- Restorative Procedures (3.5 hours of lecture)
Students will assemble a matrix band and universal retainer.
LA122- Impression Materials and Lab Procedures (5.5 hours of lecture)
Students will learn how to take impressions, bite registrations as well as fabricate dental models.
LA123- Prosthetics and Dental Implants (1.5 hours of lecture)
Students will understand the specific types of fixed prosthetics and the differences in crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. They will be able to identify the types of dental implants and the surgical procedures for implantation.
PER101- Practical Exams Review - Charting (3 hours of Lab)
Students will review how to document the present dental conditions of the patient and the dental services to be rendered. This serves as a legal record of the patient. The students are taught and asked to prepare a dental chart using appropriate symbols and abbreviations.
PER102- Practical Exams Review - Radiography (3 hours of Lab)
Students will review basic x-ray techniques. They will also review how to take full mouth series of x-rays. Students will be asked to take x-rays, developing and mounting radiographs.
PER103- Practical Exams Review - Instrument Transfer (3 hours of Lab)
Students will review the techniques in maintaining the operating field clean, visible, accessible and comfortable for the patient. Finally, students will review proper instrument transfer techniques used in four-handed dentistry.
PER104- Practical Exams Review - Instrument Recognition & Suction Tip Positioning (3 hours of Lab)
Students will review the various dental instruments, how they are organized to the tasks they are to perform and separated onto trays. Students will review high velocity suctions used in four-handed density which provides control of fluids in the patient’s mouth. Review in proper positioning of the suction tips for efficiency and patient comfort.
PFE101- Practical Final Exam - (3 Hours)
The students will be asked to perform mock clinical procedures using other students. They will be graded on instrument passing, suction tip positioning, instrument identification, physical anatomy of skull, tooth numbers and structures, and injection sites. A percentage of the grade obtained by the student in the practical exams will be used to obtain the overall final grade.
FET101- Final Exams - Theories - (3 Hours)
It is a final assessment of the student’s knowledge and understanding of all the subjects covered during the entire course. A percentage of the grade obtained by the student in the final exams will be used to obtain the overall final grade.
EXT101- Dental Externship - (56 hours)
Students will undergo fifty- six (56) hours of on the job training in the office of a practicing dentist to further enhance their hands-on experience. This training could be conducted in the school premises or in the offices of other participating dentists.