Dental Assisting School Application Process
Anyone with a high school diploma or GED equivalent and who is interested in becoming a dental assistant is welcome to apply by submitting a program application. Each class will have a maximum of 15 students, all of whom are chosen through an in-depth selection process. Prospective applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview. This interview will be used to cover the basics of the course, position, and general industry; gauge applicant interest and fit; and address any financial aid concerns or obstacles. Applicants can expect to receive notification on the Academy’s final decision within one to two weeks.
If accepted, students will proceed with program enrollment and attend an initial orientation. They will receive a background check and drug screening as well as the permit necessary to practice dental assisting in Oklahoma.
A successful dental assisting student will have:
- The motor ability necessary to ambulate independently in class, lab, and clinical rotations
- Visual acuity sufficient to observe and assist patient behavior, prepare instruments and accurately operate equipment
- Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, and motor equipment
- The motor ability necessary to manipulate equipment and supplies and to utilize fine psychomotor skills for patient assessment and treatment
- The ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently
- The ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with patients, peers, and colleagues
- The ability to think critically and use problem-solving skills
- The ability to resolve conflicts appropriately and function effectively in stressful situations
- Students must provide own transportation to class and clinical rotations.