Penn Foster College offers students the opportunity to earn a Dental Assistant Diploma from home. This online program focuses on Dental Terminology and Anatomy, Radiology, Dental Insurance, and more. Prospective students may be interested to know Dental Assistants often work with updating patient records, managing office operations, and scheduling appointments. Students accepted into the program complete nine Instruction Sets of course curriculum. The Instruction Sets are specialized materials designed to give students a step-by-step program to become a Dental Assistant. Students begin by learning an overview of dental history and the role the dental assistant plays. Anatomy of the mouth, teeth structures and types of teeth are then studies. Students study the importance of good nutrition especially in accordance to preventing dental plaque and oral diseases. The students also practice appropriate confidentiality and privacy laws and ethics.
The Dental Assistant program allows students to learn basic pharmacology and topical anesthesia. Students are taught the stages of endodontic and periodontic treatment and the effectiveness of root canal therapy. To prepare for the professional workforce, students learn Web software, patient insurance billing, and clinical charting.
To enroll in the Dental Assistant Diploma program, prospective students may apply online through the Penn Foster College website.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score