Certificate in Explore a Career in a Dental Office Online Course

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Start Now To Learn Explore a Career in a Dental Office Find a career to fit your skills and personality as you go behind the scenes in a typical dental office.  In this course, you'll explore the many jobs open to you in the dental field—dentist, dental hygienist, clinical dental assistant, administrative dental assistant, office manager, and dental lab technician. To decide which one is just right for you, you'll investigate the education you need for each job, learn which dental office careers require licensing, and check out the job prospects in each area. In addition, you'll master basic dental terminology and anatomy, discover how to create a patient chart, and identify the privacy rules that are crucial to proper dental office management. You'll also delve into dental disease, its prevention, and its treatment.  By the time you're done, you'll know all about the professional teamwork that goes into creating healthy smiles. You'll fully understand the role of each person in a dental office—and you'll know which dental career is the perfect one for you! Course Fast Facts: Learn to Explore a Career in a Dental Office  Online Course in only 6 weeks Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course How is Explore a Career in a Dental Office  Online Course studied? Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is...

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Requirements: Entry requirements Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills. Minimum education Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course. Computer requirements Students will need access to a computer and the internet. Minimum specifications for the computer are: Windows: Microsoft Windows XP, or later Modern and up to...


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What you'll learn on the course

Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Office IT
Ms Office
IT Management

Course programme

There are 12 units of study

Dental Careers in Action

In this first lesson, we’ll set up a dental office that will give us a chance to explore the types of dental careers and see how staff members work together. You'll take a tour of the office facilities, meet the members of the staff, and look at a sample daily schedule. Viewing a sample schedule gives you a chance to see what happens in both the administrative and clinical areas.  You'll also find out what happens before the first patient arrives to ensure that the day runs smoothly.  Your first lesson will give you a real insider's look at everything that goes on behind the scenes, and you'll soon be ready to jump into patient care.

Let's Talk Teeth

During your second lesson, you'll start learning how people in a dental office communicate using terminology that makes the job easier and improves accuracy. We’ll look at the importance of choosing a dentist who fits a patient's unique needs. Using dental terms, we'll begin exploring dental disease, as well as prevention methods that can help preserve smiles for a lifetime.

Mouth Matters

Today we'll focus on the mouth: You'll learn about gum disease, its symptoms, and its diagnosis. You'll also learn techniques to prevent the leading cause of tooth loss. Throughout the lesson, we’ll continue to build your dental vocabulary. We'll finish the lesson by exploring good brushing and flossing techniques that will keep your future patients smiling for years to come.

The Dentist

In the first of our career-specific lessons, you'll see what it's like to be a dentist.  We'll start by exploring what a dentist does and what a dentist's day is like. Then we’ll examine which characteristics make a good dentist, and we'll look at the benefits and challenges of dentistry.  Think you’d like to be a dentist? You’ll find out the educational requirements to practice, and we'll introduce you to the variety of specialties from which to choose.

The Dental Hygienist

In Lesson 5, you'll walk a mile in the shoes of a dental hygienist.  You’ll get a firsthand account of the benefits and challenges of practicing dental hygiene.  Think you’d like to be a hygienist? We'll explore the educational requirements to work in the field and talk about the differences between a two-year and a four-year program.

The Dental Assistant

Today you'll learn about dental assistants and their contribution to the dental team. By following our dental assistants through their morning in the office, we’ll see what they do, both with patients and behind the scenes, to keep the office running efficiently.  We’ll also look at the education you'll need to enter the profession as well as achieve certified status.

The Dental Lab Technician

In Lesson 7, we'll examine the work of the dental lab technician. You’ll get a peek at the wide variety of projects the lab technician works to create, including both restorative and orthodontic appliances, and you'll see how the appliances affect patients. You’ll hear what the job is like from a dental lab technician, and you'll learn what education the career requires and what kind of certification is available.

Dental Office Management

In this lesson, we'll focus on the business side of a dental practice. You'll meet the staff members who manage the financial security of the practice, and we’ll explore patient scheduling and patient privacy regulations. We'll take a look at a variety of tasks that the administrative staff handles to ensure the overall success of the practice.

On the Record

During Lesson 9, you'll have a chance to create a patient record as we investigate how accurate communication is achieved in the dental office.  We’ll review a patient health history, and you'll learn the basics of charting existing and necessary dental work in the mouth. Finally, we'll explore how computers are making practices more efficient.

Dental Work

How can you make the best impression when you’re interviewing for a job in a dental office? What can you do to inspire confidence in patients even before they enter the treatment room? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to project a winning, professional image that will help you succeed in your new line of work. We’ll also explore the equipment, procedures, and practices that will keep you healthy and safe throughout a long, successful career.

Opportunities in Dentistry

Dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades. We'll do a quick history lesson to help you understand the changes in the industry since the mid-20th century, and we'll explore why dentistry offers some of the fastest-growing careers in health care. We’ll research the growth of each career in the dental office and discover which jobs offer the greatest opportunities over the next few years. Finally, we'll take a look at what kinds of people are pursuing dental careers and who will be most in demand in the coming years.

Smiling at the Future

In your final lesson, we'll look at new products and techniques in the dental world, some of which are already available in dental practices, and some that you might see in the future. Scientists and researchers are constantly learning more about how oral health affects overall health, and you'll find out what recent studies show. We'll also explore an emerging new dental career that aims to fill current gaps in care. Finally, you'll return to our dental office and see how the staff members we've been working with wrap up the day.

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Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and...