Dental Assistants:

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,630.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 10,276
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 7.90 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Following Directions
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Perform dental hygiene procedures
Treat dental problems or diseases
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures
Conduct dental x-rays
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Feed food to individuals
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain record of medication or equipment dispensed to patient
Record vital statistics or other health information
Maintain dental records, reports, or files
Record medical history
Develop photographic media such as film, x-rays, or medical images
Process medical billing information
Prepare billing statements

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use
Prepare medical treatment room
Set-up dental equipment
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Make patient-assistive devices or device models
Set-up patient care equipment
Collect specimens from patients

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients
Prepare dental reports or presentations
Prepare medical reports

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Infection Control
Certified Dental Assistant
Dental Care
Patient Treatment
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Impression Tray Fabrication

Related Licensing Requirements

Dental Hygiene Intern Permit (18-0000000116)

IC 25-14-1-5 Dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit; restrictions; renewal; fees Sec. 5. (a) The board may at its discretion issue a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit to any person to whom it has not issued a license but who is a graduate of a dental college or school of dental hygiene recognized by the board and is otherwise qualified to take the regular examination for a license given by the board. However, an applicant for a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit shall furnish the board satisfactory evidence that the applicant has been: (1) appointed to a dental or a dental hygiene internship in a hospital or similar institution operated under the laws of Indiana; or (2) employed as: (A) an instructor in a dental school recognized and approved by the Indiana dental board; or (B) a teacher or operator in a clinic in a public or parochial school, college, or university. (b) The fee for the permit shall be set by the board under section 13 of this chapter. (c) Any person receiving a dental or dental hygienist intern permit may practice dentistry or dental hygiene only in a hospital or other institution designated in the permit and only under the direction of a licensed dentist who is a member of the dental staff of such hospital or other institution. The intern's dental or dental hygiene practice shall be limited to bona fide patients of such hospital or other institution. (d) The permit shall be valid for only one (1) year from date of issue, shall be renewable in the discretion of the board upon the payment of a fee determined by the board under section 13 of this chapter, and may be recalled at any time by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

Dental Radiographer (18-0000000031)

To obtain certification, applicants must: Have satisfactorily completed either a board-approved educational program in radiographic technology or a board-approved On the Job Training program. Have satisfactorily completed either the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination in general chairside assisting or the DANB Dental Radiation Health and Safety examination. Complete an application form

- Indiana State Department of Health~Indoor and Radiologic Health (3172337565)

Dental Hygienist (18-0000000032)

To obtain a license, applicants must: Not have been convicted of a crime that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Be a graduate of a school of dental hygiene accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and recognized by the Board. Have completed 2 years of formal coursework in dental hygiene school. Successfully pass the examination administered by the Board. Pay all applicable application and examination fees. Licenses are renewed every two years. Dental hygienists must complete a number of continuing education credit hours determined by the Board for each license period. These credit hours can be earned by taking courses, attending lectures and conferences, and by participation in study clubs. More detailed information, including application packets and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Indiana State Board of Dentistry.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

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