Dental Apprenticeship Programs

Students and dental assistants can take advantage of gaining skills while working. Those aspiring can also choose to complete a voluntary residency programs for experience in the desired area of specialization. Practical training is valuable via apprenticeship and residency programs.

Where to find Dental Apprenticeship

Prospective dental assistants, students, and lab technicians should look for programs, which have been approved by the office of dental apprenticeship in the Department of Labor. The American Association of dentists acknowledges this certification. These programs can be available in:

  • Some divisions of the military
  • Labor management organizations
  • Health associations
  • Dentist's offices
Admission Requirements

The main requirement is an adult of at least 18 years. Other additional qualifications vary depending on the applicant’s choices. For example, some NGOs require at least 75 hours experience in volunteer work, while other organizations do not consider volunteer work as a requirement.

Apprentices should expect the following tasks:
  • Updates of dental charts
  • Taking and processing x-rays
  • Scheduling patient appointment
  • Ordering supplies
  • Cleaning and stocking dental exam areas
  • Cleaning a sterilizing dental instruments
Dental Residency Information

A dental residence is designed for prospective dentists who have completed training. They can provide aspiring dentists a chance to learn the intricacies of the profession without a need to fulfill residency requirements as a doctor does. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a 2-year program for dental apprenticeship, which emphasizes clinical study and research. The resident trainees can learn about surgical procedures and advanced diagnosis. These main surgical procedures available include;

  • Pharmacology
  • Oral pathology
  • General anesthesia
  • Facial trauma
  • Child psychology

According to the Veterans Administration (VA), the programs provide dentists many options. They may also be exposed to advanced education in general dentistry in a few designated hospitals. The lower-level workers can improve their skills in patient care and office administrations through these programs.