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 is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score