Online Dental Assistant Certification Training

Prepare for NELDA certification and take the next steps toward DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification with CareerStep’s online Dental Assistant Training.

Online Dental Assistant Certification Training

Prepare for NELDA certification and take the next steps toward DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification with CareerStep’s online Dental Assistant Training.

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Become a Dental Assistant Online

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Our flexible, online Dental Assistant Program is designed to help you prepare to build the skills that can prepare you for on-the-job success.

Through our courses, you’ll build clinical and academic knowledge that aligns with industry-recognized certification exams like the National Entry-Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) component exams through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), the price of which is covered by your program cost. Your coursework will help prepare you to sit for the American Medical Technologist (AMT) Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) certification, allowing you to build a strong resume.

You’ll experience hands-on training to apply what you learned online to real-world situations through a 100-hour externship, allowing you to cement your skills and prepare for work at a dental office near you.

Step 1: Complete a Dental Assistant Training Program

Finding the right online dental assistant program is a matter of research, commitment, and preference. There’s a significant number of options out there, so doing your homework can save you a lot in terms of time and money—it can even improve your training experience, and maybe lead to faster employment.

With entry-level dental assistant training that’s fully online, designed by industry experts, and built for real-world success, our program will bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

It’s entirely self-paced, too, which means you don’t have to take a sledgehammer to your schedule in order to train for your dental assistant career. We’ll also provide all the necessary materials and back you 100% with 24/7 technical support.

Step 2: Participate in a Clinical Externship

Similar to an apprenticeship or internship, an externship is hands-on, in-house training that gives future professionals brief practical experiences in their field of study. They’re a great way to build relationships, establish credibility, and see how a medical or dental practice functions.

100 clinical hours are included with CareerStep’s Dental Assistant program to help Learners get first-hand practice, gain valuable knowledge, and apply their training through exposure in the dental field. When Learners become eligible, our team will coordinate to secure all required documentation and work to connect them with one of our participating partner sites. Please keep in mind that while clinical hours are included as part of the Dental Assistant program, placement is based on a number of factors—including geography and availability—so we can’t guarantee placement in any specific area.

Step 3: Earn Your Dental Assistant Certification

Dental assistant certifications demonstrate a professional’s mastery of key skills. They’re powerful credentials that go a long way in accelerating career advancement and increasing versatility in the workplace. They’re rarely required, but the vast majority of employers prefer to hire certified candidates over their uncertified peers.

We recommend that every CareerStep Learner invest in earning the proper credentials to increase their employability and elevate their job prospects. That’s why our program specifically prepares Learners to sit for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Component Exams and the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam.

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The Online Dental Assistant Certification Program At-a-Glance

100 Clinical Hours | 12 Months Full Access | Exam Voucher Included

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Dental Assistant Job Description

As the primary point of contact for patients, dental assistants play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the office. They manage patient records, schedule appointments, take X-rays and imprints, and even help the dentist during procedures.

A good dental assistant provides professional and courteous customer care that makes every patient feel comfortable and informed.

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An American Medical Technologists (AMT) Approved Program

The CareerStep Dental Assistant program is approved by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to fully prepare you for the Registered Dental Assistant exam.

3 Reasons to Complete Your Dental Assistant Certification With CareerStep


1. Externship placement for real-world learning experience.


2. End-to-end Learner support for career pathing and troubleshooting.


3. Soft skills training for career readiness.

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What You'll Learn

Our online dental assistant training delivers on all fronts: skills-based instruction, in-depth knowledge, and unparalleled certification prep. Everything you need to start your dental assistant career.

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Intro & Ethics

Get your bearings. Learn what dental assisting entails, including essential skills and strategies, certifications, and roles within the dental healthcare team.

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Anatomy & Dentistry Principles

Learn all about the teeth and tissues, disease transmission, hygiene, and the procedures used to provide dental care.

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Instrument Use & Care

Identify dental instruments and their uses, and learn how to clean and care for these tools.

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Financial Management

Understand financial management systems, collections, insurance fraud, and claim-form processing.

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