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DAOC’s dental assistant training program prepares students to go from the classroom to the workplace quickly by providing them with the hands on training needed to work in a dental practice. Our training focuses solely on the fundamental skills and knowledge required to work in a dental office. The program is designed to offer dental assistant training that allows an individual to complete training and seek employment in the shortest amount of time possible.
We are the only Dental Assistant training program in the Chicagoland area that has two large classrooms and a full service Dental facility that was built to educate our students. Our competitors are dentists whose primary focus is running a dental office while we are a school that focuses on our students.
Lectures are held one day a week. Students may choose a Wednesday lecture, which runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm, or Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Both sections include a 1-hour lunch break, and 2, 10-minute breaks.
In addition to the 12 days of lecture, students must complete a minimum of 112 clinical hours at our facility located in Downtown Chicago. with their instructors.
Our students have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with several dental professionals on actual patients. Hours for clinical training are scheduled individually with slots available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:45am to 5:15pm, and Friday, 7:45am to 3:15pm. In order to complete the full 112 hours of clinical training, students should anticipate sometimes scheduling more than 8 hours per week.
Classes are held in a modern and state of the art, functioning dental facility as well as a traditional classroom. This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting. Lecture portions of the course are held in one of two large classrooms which are equipped with multimedia equipment and seats 16-24 comfortably. Students will review slides and ask questions as needed.
Clinical/lab portions of each class will be held in a clinical/laboratory setting in our dental facility located in the same suite as the classroom. This will give the student hands on instruction in a functioning dental practice. Instructors will divide students into groups and rotate those groups in operatories, sterilization, laboratory, or treatment rooms as necessary.