High School Dental Assistant Programs
Looking for a high school dental assistant program?
For teens with strong communication skills who enjoy working with their hands and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting could be a great choice. And a tuition-free* online Destinations Career Academy that offers a high school dental program** can help prepare them now for a bright future in the growing field of health care.
K12-powered Destinations Career Academies combine traditional high school academics with career-focused electives to give students a relevant and engaging education.
What does a dental assistant do?
As a valuable member of the dental care team, dental assistants help dentists with a variety of treatment procedures, take X-rays, keep records, schedule appointments, and instruct patients how to maintain and improve their oral health.
They work with dental instruments and materials, including preparing and sterilizing equipment. In addition to interacting with patients, they communicate with other health professionals, dental suppliers, and health insurance companies.
Dental assistants are needed in a variety of health care settings, including dentist offices, dental schools, hospitals, clinics, and state and local health departments.
What will my student learn in the dental assistant program?
Students take a variety of high school dental program electives including:
- Healthcare Explorations (Project Based Learning)
- Health Science II
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
- Dental Assistant 1, 2, and 3
The Healthcare Explorations course is offered in a project based learning format. The project based learning approach incorporates both best practices and research-based methods in designing the student experience. It repositions the teacher as the coach or facilitator of learning rather than a curator of knowledge and gatekeeper of success. Students develop and practice professional skills, such as collaboration and time-management, in the same context in which they are learning academic content and skills.
Your student can prepare now for industry-recognized certification exams.
How can your student stand out from the crowd? One way is to prepare for certification exams.† Destinations students in the dental assistant program prepare to take the following exams upon graduation:
- The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Dental Assisting Exam
- The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA®) Exam
Did you know?‡
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assisting jobs are growing, and potential salaries are in the high 30s.
Want to learn more about a high school dental program?
Check out your K12-powered, online public school Destinations Career Academy options by entering your zip code under Find A Destinations Career Academy Near You.
*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
**Career fields and pathways vary by school. Check with your school for its current offerings.
†Students who attend a Destination Career Academy for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. This job may require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.