Gurnick Academy's Path to Becoming a Dental Assistant

Gurnick Academy Path to Become a Dental Assistant


If you are looking for a Dental Assistant program that can prepare you for a career, choose Gurnick Academy.

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Program Length: 8-Months of laboratory and didactic coursework

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. — 6 p.m.


Dental Assistant Program Goals & Objectives


• To graduate students who demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of a competent entry-level dental assistant.

• To provide quality and education and training that develops the potential of each student to become productive, responsible, and professional member of society as well as skilled member of the dental assisting workforce.

• To provide our students with open access and a supportive environment that encourages student success in the classroom, laboratory, and on the externship site.

Dental Assistant School provides hands on training


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• To prepare students to organize, to prioritize, and to delegate care by communicating effectively with members of the dental team.

• To adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Dental Assistant. 

• To encourage professionalism, integrity, and high standards in students.

• To adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Dental Assistant.

Theory & Practice


• You will learn the history of dentistry and the legal and ethical responsibilities in Fundamentals of Dental Assisting.

• In Science of Dentistry, you will study anatomy, which includes the musculature of the face, innervations, and the circulatory system. Additionally, you’ll learn physiology of the human body and basic pharmacology.

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Dental Assistant Equipment at Gurnick Academy


• Foundations of Clinical Dentistry and Dental Materials will teach you how to work with dental instruments. It will also teach you how to properly prepare, apply, and remove a dental dam or dental matrix, as well as how to perform and remove stitches.

• Dental Specialties/Patient Assessment will help you prepare for common medical emergencies and conditions. These include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treating patients with syncope, anaphylaxis, asthma attacks, heart conditions, and so on. We’ll also teach Radiology Safety, as it is important for a Dental Assistant to know about the effects of radiation and how x-rays are produced.

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Clinical Externship


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At Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, we consider our clinical experience as one of the most important parts of our Dental Assistant Program. Students will be provided with clinical training at one of our affiliated clinical sites while also attending our Dental Assistant School. The externship marks the point of transition from student to Dental Assistant.

Clinical externship places a student in a facility where they can perform various types of skills and gain exposure to theory concepts. It’s also a great opportunity for hands-on practice. Externships provide a chance for students to help facility staff with daily duties under supervision. Daily attendance and performance will be verified by a facility staff member.


Career Services


Information Support

Our Career Services Department is your professional development partner throughout your experience as a student and graduate of Gurnick Academy. We provide support for you to reach your goals and work to prepare you with the tools and information you need to succeed.

Your Professional Brand

Having a professional brand is important when looking for a new career. We’ll teach professionalism, interview techniques, building a resume, networking skills, and more to help you meet your goals. We’ll also help you with job search techniques and effectively communicating with potential employers.

Career Events

To help you feel ready for your future, we offer career workshops, job fairs, mock interviews, creative and innovative guest speaker presentations at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. We have an online career services platform called GurnickEDGE that provides additional support tools and tips for success.


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