While some states do not require formal licensure, others do, meaning that the path to becoming a dental assistant can vary. It also means the work dental assistants do may vary. A dental assisting program can take anywhere from nine months to two years to complete, depending on whether it's a certificate, diploma or degree program.
It’s more common for vocational schools to offer a one-year certificate in dental assisting as the associate’s program will require lab work and more hands-on training. Similar programs such as medical assisting are more readily available online and are offered at the certificate, diploma, and bachelor level.
There is a growing trend for online training in other healthcare professions that can be achieved 100% online. Click the “Search Now” link at the top of the page to view an updated list of online healthcare schools. Programs range from diploma, degree completion, associate’s, bachelor’s and graduate programs.