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When it comes to choosing a career, you want to know how much of an impact your field of endeavor will involve. At the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia, our team provides you with a comprehensive curriculum to prepare you to earn a diploma in this highly popular field.

Located in Colonial Heights, Virginia and led by a practicing dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher and his dental team, we welcome you to enroll in our institute and learn what you need for a dental assisting diploma in only 13 weeks! Your 78 hours of lectures and labs – combined with a 50-hour dental assistant internship – will prepare you to begin your work as a dental assistant!


Completing our Institute’s studies means learning about the following:

Oral anatomy: Learn the ins and outs of the mouth (or oral cavity) and how each part works together. People breathe in and out, bite, chew and swallow food in the mouth, thanks to healthy teeth, gums, tongue and salivary glands.

Radiography: This is the science that involves dealing with X-rays and other high-energy radiation in the mouth geared towards diagnosing and treating oral diseases.

Dental materials: Various dental materials you will learn about include dental restorations like fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, temporary dressings, dentures, endodontic materials for root canal therapy and impression materials.

Clinical dental assisting: Learn how to help dentists and dental hygienists alike with a patient’s treatment, helping with clinical procedures, sterilizing equipment in between patients and running diagnostic tests.

Administrative skills: Checking in patients and making future appointments, interviewing patients and handling intake, front office tasks like billing, paperwork, answering phones, registering and scheduling patients and maintaining inventory are all administrative tasks you might perform.

Recording medical histories: You often get this information from paper forms the patient fills out so you can enter the protected health information (PHI) into their medical record via electronic dental records, computerized systems or paper charts.

Chairside manners: Interacting with the patient to make them comfortable before, during and after their treatment, passing the dentist the instruments, managing water and suction during the treatment, and helping the patient leave the chair relaxed and happy are important parts of your day.

If you are ready to make a career change or begin your career in the dental assisting field, we welcome you to reach out to our office to learn how you can begin. Our dental assisting program has helped students just like you to thrive as a dental assistant. We are excited to provide you with the information you need to begin our program in Colonial Heights, Virginia! Call 804-526-0231 today!