Our 2013 graduates had 100% passage rates on all three Dental Assistant National Board Exams on their first attempts!
Dental assistants perform patient care, office and laboratory duties. They work chair side as dentists examine and treat patients. Dentists want assistants who are reliable, who can work well with others and have good manual dexterity.
Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the next several years. Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so they can devote their time to more profitable procedures. As the baby-boom generation grows older, this will result in the need for more dental services.
Gainful employment reporting
Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible certification program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided here represents only one year’s data but will be updated as more information becomes available.
For MCC’s Dental Assisting program, with 12 program completers in FY13, 12 completers responded to a survey; of those, 8 were employed in a related or unrelated field at the time of the survey and 2 decided to continue their education, for a respondent placement rate of 83%.. It took the completers two and a half terms to finish the program for an on-time program completion rate of 92%. Of the 12 completers, the median loan debt was $6,436.
College cost information can be found online at http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/financial_aid/costs.html.
If you have questions about the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please contact Angie Redmond at 641-844-5712. Additional information about dental assistants and dental assisting careers can be found on the O*Net website at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9091.00.
What/Where the jobs are
Most dental assistants work in private dental offices. Some work in dental schools, private and government hospitals, state and local public health departments and clinics. Take a virtual tour of MCC's Dental Assisting Lab.
Dental assisting forms
Elaine Peterson, Elaine.Peterson@iavalley.edu