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Education Guys: Guide to Technical Education

Dental Assistant Schools

Dental assistant careers may require at least a high school education, although further career training and formal education may be helpful in finding better paying jobs and more available positions to work in. Once education is pursued, dental assistants may work in dental offices or hospitals alongside the dentist to provide basic aid to the doctor as well as the patient. The duties of a dental assistant may include sterilization, preparation, obtaining and maintaining dental records, helping patients feel comfortable and working to assist the dentist as needed during procedures. Dental assistants may require to be licensed to work in almost every state, although the exact rules and guidelines for licensing may vary from one school to the next. There are different levels of certification to be held, as well, allowing dental assistants to point out their strengths to prospective employers. According to BLS median annual wage of dental assistants was $33,470 in May 2010 depending on their skills, experience, and how much education they have pursued. Where individuals choose to work also plays a large role in the amount of compensation that they receive. Dental assistant careers are projected to grow by about 36% into the year 2018, which is well above the national average for all careers. Those who have the most education and experience will have the best opportunities for career success as a dental assistant.

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            UEI College , Gardena
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
            • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
            • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
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            • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
            • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
            • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
            • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
            • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
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            • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
            • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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            Why Brightwood?

            Real-World Training

            We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

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            • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
            • Our short-term allied health programs will give you the skills and knowledge to become a part of the exciting health care field.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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            • For more than 45 years, PMI has been dedicated to quality healthcare education
            • 17 campuses across 9 states including Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado & more
            • Accredited by the ABHES with multiple accreditations per specific program
            • Certificates, associates, and bachelor’s programs in leading healthcare fields
            • PMI offers financial aid to students who qualify for assistance
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            • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
            • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
            • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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            • Offers medical and cosmetic programs, including dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, esthetics, and more.
            • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
            • Offers scholarship opportunities for students wo qualify.
            • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
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            • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
            • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
            • ABHES-accredited:  An  advantage upon graduation
            • Short-term education:  Programs range from 10 months to 2 years
            • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.
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            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
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            • Offers a program that translates work and military experience into college credit, transfers in credit from other college programs, and offers the flexibility of day, evening and online coursework.
            • Provides in-person tutoring, IT support, access to library resources, and job placement assistant for graduates.
            • Features a new blended-learning curriculum, which involves a mix of campus and online courses.
            • Has 11 campuses across Southern California, Washington, and Alaska, and online courses with campus support. 
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            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
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