Frequently Asked
Questions

We are here to assist you. Please feel free to call or chat if you have any questions, we are here to help you.

Do you accept financial aid?

We don’t accept federal financial aid, but we have some pretty great reasons why! The founder of our school decided that he wanted to create an amazing opportunity for those who desire to enter the dental field. He believes that students not only deserve a great education, but also an affordable and convenient option. Rather than opting to make our school 9 months long with price tags averaging $18,000 in order to allow for federal financial assistance, chose to implement affordable tuition prices; providing our students with the opportunity to graduate with little to no student loan debt. If paying is not for you, we offer lending plans to assist you.

How long does it take to become a dental assistant?

As most dentists will tell you, it certainly does not take 9 months. Our curriculum is 12-weeks long and fully prepares students to start working as Dental Assistant.

How can your program be so fast?

OceanPointe Dental Academy is a ‘hands-on learning program.’ We take a different approach from traditional education. Our classes take place in a real dental office, with the real dental staff, real equipment, and real students working on students,  rather than a traditional classroom. There is a hands-on component to every part of our course. Our classes begin with a lecture/class discussion, but the majority of the class time is spent in labs and clinical learning perfecting techniques of Dental Assisting. When our students graduate and begin their careers, they feel more comfortable because they were trained in a dental office.

How can a short course be as effective as a longer program?

As a newly trained dental assistant, most of the work performed with a dentist requires using your hands and remembering steps to certain procedures. We teach you fundamental skills such as; taking x-rays and knowing a good one versus a bad one, taking great alginate impressions, charting and dental terminology and understanding the steps to dental procedures. In addition, you will also obtain your CPR and DANBI radiology certifications.

Will I be more qualified if I attend a longer program?

When you graduate from any dental assisting school you receive a certificate of completion. Many students ask if they can expect to make a higher starting salary if they attend a longer program. The starting salary for a Dental Assistant does not have anything to do with how long you spent in school or how much you paid for your schooling. So our opinion is, NO.

How much does a dental assistant make?

The median annual wage for dental assistants is $38,690 per year as of May 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes319091.htm. 

With experience, you can earn significantly more, especially if you become certified in Expanded Functions or become an office manager.

How is the curriculum structured?

Our program consists of the following:

  • Infection Control- 8 hours
  • Radiology- 24 hours
  • Chairside assisting and Coronal Polishing- 24 hours
  • Dental Materials – 24 hours
  • Dental Sciences- 16 hours
  • Dentrix Software and Patient Management – 8 hours

The balance of the courses such as specialty dentistry areas are covered in sufficient detail to familiarize you with these areas, but the core of our training hours are focused on getting you competent, confident, and pass national exams for certification in the core skills dentists are looking for in dental assistants.

What makes your 12-week program different than others?

Most 10 to 12-week programs vary in range from 80-140 hrs, with 40-50 of those hours in externships and labs outside of the learning classroom counted as part of the curriculum. You’ll do one hour of lecture theory, and two hours of labs on a particular topic in the operatory, then in the subsequent class, move on to a new topic. The end result is too much information in too little time, making it difficult to become proficient in the critical competencies that Dentists are looking for.

That’s why our course consists of almost 200 hours, so you get the best training and most value for your education investment.

Also, our national brand has standardized program requirements from each independent, dentist owned campus, assuring quality control measures are kept and maintained.

What else makes your program better?

We have a 10-member curriculum board of top experts to assure ongoing competency and outcomes-based on our curriculum.

Our curriculum has been utilized at major public institutions to train dental assistants and thoroughly vetted by their instructional review teams for quality before any University places their logo on our program. Universities such as – The University of Texas, University of Florida, Kansas University Medical Center, New Mexico State University, and West Texas A&M University have utilized our curriculum. Not many Dental Schools can claim this.

Real patient experience. Students commit at least two hours, once per week to come into the dental practice during actual patient hours to participate in actual procedures with real patients. You’ll gain real verifiable work experience before landing your first dental assisting position.

Soft Skills. We include a strong soft skills training aspect to get you comfortable explaining each procedure in a manner that helps reduce the patient’s anxiety because of your prior training in those areas.

What is the next step for me to enroll?

Call or chat with us in order to set an appointment with an Admission Representative, because a campus tour is required before enrolling in our program.

Student
Testimonials

* Testimonials from our happy students across the nation.

We are proud to provide the most comprehensive dental assisting program nationwide, our students receive knowledge from prestigious members of the dental community and practice hands-on with state of the art equipment at each of our locations. We take your future seriously.

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Kelsey Lipe
OceanPointe Graduate

OceanPointe really prepared me to be at a dental office. Thank god and the academy for this amazing opportunity.

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Jonecia Oliver
OceanPointe Graduate

I just felt it was time for me to find a stable career…but I actually fell in love with the industry.

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Zoey Vaughan
OceanPointe Graduate

OceanPointe Academy is such a great vocational school and with 100% certainty would recommend it.

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Erin Richards
OceanPointe Graduate

OceanPointe has made my transition into the dental field a smooth one. Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Inna Svryda

OceanPointe Graduate

I love it! Very hands-on and teaches you a lot by actually doing and seeing the stuff we are learning.

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