At St. Paul’s School of Nursing, we offer a Dental Assistant program to prepare you for meaningful work in the field of dental assisting. Located in New York City—on Staten Island—we serve the local community by providing the training you will need to land that first job at a local dental office or clinic.
Dental assistants typically assume a broad range of responsibilities, and enjoy challenging and rewarding careers. They perform many duties, including patient care, office and/or administrative duties, and laboratory tasks. Dental assistants play an important role in helping dentists boost the efficiency of oral healthcare delivery.
As such, dental assistants are considered respected, integral members of the dental care team. Specific tasks might include providing chair-side assistance to the dentist, properly preparing and maintaining equipment, gathering or updating dental records, scheduling appointments, making dental impressions (models of patients’ teeth), and providing oral hygiene and/or post-procedure healthcare instructions to patients.
The ideal dental assistant combines excellent interpersonal skills with up-to-date technical skills related to the delivery of quality dental care. Our program is designed to emphasize the hands-on techniques you will need to ably assist dentists in exam and treatment rooms as they interact with patients.
Skilled dental assistants are in demand in a variety of settings, including private and group dental practices, mobile dental units, insurance companies, hospitals, nursing homes, dental school clinics, dental specialty practices, and public and private health facilities. At our Staten Island campus, you will learn the skills you need to become a compassionate, skilled healthcare professional after graduation.