October 3, 2023


A Passion for Better Health

12-7 days in-workplace dental assistant training curriculum now available to CDA members

In-office dental assistant instruction has arrived for the several CDA associates who keep on to have troubles acquiring and choosing skilled dental assistants for their follow.

The Dental Assistant Training curriculum gives 12 months of supportive on the web understanding for use together with in-business office schooling to assistance get opportunity dental assistants trained successfully and operating in the practice as speedily as possible. The curriculum teaches contributors the foundational competencies needed for a successful vocation in dental assisting, which includes for people today who have no prior knowledge of or encounter in dental treatment.

Encouraging to solve dental assistant shortages

Offered to users for a nominal charge, the coaching curriculum is CDA’s latest giving to address, and assist resolve, the staffing shortages that dental tactics in the course of California are suffering from.

Surveys present dental staffing troubles persist across the U.S. In an ADA Health and fitness Coverage Institute poll distributed in June to taking part dentists, practically 58% of respondents stated recruiting for dental assistants was “extremely challenging” with one more 33% calling it “very challenging.” Approximately 40% said they recently recruited or are at present recruiting dental assistants — more than any other placement in the observe and marginally increased than the amount noted just around a yr back.

Issues recruiting and keeping dental assistants have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the “Great Resignation.” The schooling adds a new, straight away usable alternative for dental tactics, constructing on CDA’s ongoing legislative and point out funds advocacy, as effectively as the existing pilot instruction systems introduced in 2021 as aspect of the Smile Crew CA campaign and in partnership with exterior education companions.

Furnishing the main competencies: A closer glance at the coaching

The Dental Assistant Teaching curriculum leverages the latest (13th) edition of “Modern Dental Assisting” permitting dentists to educate a new dental assistant on the job in conjunction with supportive on-line courses.

Twelve weeks of on the net studying via specific lesson modules cover concentrate regions this kind of as:


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  • HIPAA tips and procedures
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  • Infection regulate and aseptic tactics
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  • Use and treatment of devices and elements
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  • Foundational technique setups
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  • Introductory chairside dental helping procedures
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In each individual lesson, interactive actions dependent on actual eventualities take a look at the trainees’ studying comprehension, and each and every lesson ends with an evaluation to ensure trainees’ whole knowledge of the written content.

CDA associates who want an even closer search at the written content can look at a video clip spotlight of the education, but study course information can also be seen simply inside of the studying system.

The dental assistant trainee will have to have to full independent expected certifications to be in a position to sit for the RDA exam. Incorporated in the dental assistant training components is a link to schooling companies authorized by the Dental Board of California for particular certifications.

Making use of supplemental recruiting and other resources from CDA

To enable exercise owners be certain their trainee is successful, purchase of the schooling curriculum comes with a quick introduction class for dentists that describes the plan and clarifies how to use all the CDA recruiting, hiring, onboarding and instruction assets to help with just about every action in bringing a dental assistant on board, from the pre-selecting assessment to handling expectations.

The overall curriculum is available to CDA customers at distinctive pricing of $255, and every one of a kind license allows the dental assistant trainee entry the on line curriculum for a few many years.

Obtain the on the internet curriculum now or discover extra by way of the FAQ and online video. Also accessible as a free gain of membership is the Dental Assistant Instruction Roadmap — a downloadable set of CDA recruiting, hiring and onboarding methods.

To learn about other CDA initiatives about dental staffing, including prosperous condition funds advocacy and the Smile Crew CA dental assistant coaching bootcamps, take a look at the CDA newsroom.