What Is a Dental Administrative Assistant?
A dental administrative assistant is responsible for the general administrative duties within a dental office. These duties may include:
- Greeting patients
- Providing the dentist with instruments
- Sterilizing equipment and setting up dental trays
- Answering phones
- Sending bills
- Making appointments
Some dental administrative assistants may take on a lab and dental role, while others may take on the role of an office assistant, or a combination of the two.
How to Become A Dental Admin Assistant
There are many dental administrative assistant programs available, and they usually take one year to complete. There are also two-year associate's degrees available, and some dental offices may be willing to hire an untrained dental administrative assistant and train on the job; however, it's good to have some knowledge of dental practices beforehand.
Expected Salary & Job Opportunities
The average salary for a dental administrative assistant is $32,380 and employment in this field is growing faster than average.