• Practice Dentoforms
    Practice Dentoforms

    Dentoforms are used to train students by simulating conditions they will encounter in practice.

  • Mirror & Periodontal Probe
    Mirror & Periodontal Probe

    Students use a Mirror and Periodontal Probe for disease assessment.

  • Infection Control
    Infection Control

    Students learn to use Dental Dam to reduce contamination during procedures.

  • Instruments

    DATC Students learn Instruments in order to effectively assist the Dentist when chairside assisting.

  • Radiographs

    Students learn to take Radiographs that are consistent in order to help the Dentist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • CPR

    As part of the DATC Dental Assistant I Program, Students become American Red Cross Certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

  • Dental Office Operatory
    Dental Office Operatory

    Students learn about the Dental Operatory Set-up, Infection Control using Barriers and about the Dental Unit.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    As part of the OSHA and Infection Control, Students learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for them and for the patient.  Using barriers and wearing the proper protective items keeps everyone safe.

  • Impressions

    Students learn how to make good first impressions, In and Out of the operatory.

  • Curing Light
    Curing Light

    DATC Students learn how to use and what procedures require Curing Lights.

  • Dental Specialities
    Dental Specialities

    DATC Students learn from local area dental specialists.


I'm a DA I: How do I start my new career?

How do I impress my potential employer?

Dental Assistant Training Centers students create resumes and cover letters as one of their many homework assignments.  This may be an experience they have never encountered or have not done in quite some time. However, whether it is their first time or not, the preparation of their Dental Assistant I resume marks a milestone...they are now ready to start their new career.

The DATC program gives each student the skill necessary to begin a career in dentistry by spending time not just teaching them how to make dental impressions, but how to impress a potential employer. These impressions begin with ensuring that our students are taught how to assist the dentist in any standard procedure. They are required to have a minimum of 30 hours of clinical rotation (15 hours general and 15 hours specialty) so that they not only master their skills, but also become known by area dentist. But, just being known by area dentist is not enough. 

Our students are given the tools and instruction to help them –from writing their resumes to what they can expect in an interview.  We even have mock interviews with our students and have a local Human Resource professional critique their resumes, so they will be prepared for going on future job interviews. Some of the takeaways we want our graduates to have, in addition to their new DA I skills, are to remember the following about the interview process:


As they meet with a perspective employer, they need to be open-minded. They may want that chairside assistant position, but it might be necessary to start in sterilization, the lab or helping with the front desk. Many dental offices have onsite labs, so our students are taught the skills work in these labs. In fact, in some offices, it may be necessary to work in the lab before they make the transition to being a chairside DA I.  

Make a positive impression. Smile, be friendly, be on time, then when you leave the interview take a few minutes to write a Thank You note to the office. This reminds the office of your interview and gets your name in front of them, once again! These behaviors not only leave a positive experience with the dentist, but also represent DATC in the dental community.

Remember that the best employee is a TEAM member. A successful dental office is one where people work together to help their patient family as well as each other. If you are unable to work with others, then finding a job in a dental office might be a bit difficult!

Open minded, team player and positive impression – these are necessary in a dental interview. Keeping this in mind when going for an interview is as important (perhaps even more vital) than the skills newly learned. At DATC, we stress both the knowledge and the demeanor during the DA I interview. After all, we want our DATC graduates to make a good impression, not just be able to take good impressions! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a dental assistant I, please be sure to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions.


Previously:  Making An Impression:  Getting your first DAI Job by Janet Slagell


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