Understanding the path to a dental assistant career starts by understanding the different ways that assistants are certified and classified. The discussion that follows pertains specifically to the guidelines mandated by the North Carolina Dental Board.
There are two categories of dental assistants: DAI and DAII (DA1 and DA2). The state of North Carolina does not expressly certify or classify assistants as DAI or DAII’s, but the qualifications, training, and experience of a dental assistant is recognized by an employer as falling within one of these classifications.
A DAI is any dental assistant who is not a DAII. All graduates of Sunrise are DAI’s with greatly expanded skills and are well positioned to quickly earn DAII status. There are certain baseline qualifications one must possess in order to be considered a DAII, and there are different pathways for reaching this milestone.
The training program at the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting prepares students to earn DAII status by following one of the paths laid out by the NC Dental Board. The requirements are:
Each of these requirements is met during the Sunrise dental assisting program. The fourth requirement is:
This requirement is met by taking Sunrise’s dental radiology course, followed by successfully passing the final exam, which qualifies dental assistants to take radiographs.
With these 4 criteria met, a dental assistant must complete 3,000 hours, or roughly two years, of chair side dental assisting to be officially considered a DAII. However, prior to completion of this two-year period, the assistant is “allowed to perform the functions of a Dental Assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist.”1
What this means is that any student who completes both the Sunrise dental assisting program as well as the dental radiology course is, in effect, a DAII upon graduation—provided, of course that assistant is working under the “direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist.” In other words, Sunrise graduates meet all DAII requirements in the typical private practice setting.
If you are ready to begin your dental assisting career, the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting can put you on the fast track to professional achievement at the highest level. Contact us to learn more about our programs and find out how you can get started!
Jaylyn Miller September 5, 2017
Prior to attending Sunrise School of Dental Assisting I had zero knowledge of the dentistry field and what this career choice would have in store for me. I had an awesome instructor, as well as current Dental Assistants at Sunrise, to help guide me and continue to be successful in my career. Everyone has been extremely helpful and I have had nothing less than a great experience. After graduation, I was hired on by Sunrise and couldn’t be more happy with my job and the decision to attend Sunrise School of Dental Assisting! Thank you all!!
Katie Panchak February 17, 2017
If you’re looking into a promising career as a dental assistant, look no further! I recently graduated from Sunrise School of Dental Assisting and couldn’t be happier with the program! This course provided me with all the knowledge and tools that I needed to become successful in my field. Now I am proud to say that after graduation I have been hired on by Sunrise Dental and LOVE my job! Thanks guys!
Madison McCullock January 12, 2017
Sunrise School of Dental Assisting provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to begin my career in the Dental field. The instructors were very helpful and thorough in explaining the lessons and procedures to the class, and also made it a point to provide any additional help/tutoring before/after lessons for students. I enjoyed my experience at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to receive the proper education necessary in order to excel in their Dental Assisting career
Ashley Hicks June 15, 2016
At Sunrise they give you the tools you need to become successful as a Dental Assistant. You have smaller numbers in the class, so you are able to have more one on one time with an instructor if needed. It is a fast paced class, but the instructor is willing to meet with you before class time if you need help. It is a good balance between lectures and actual lab time. You have great hands on experience and work with live “patients” (class members) in order to get an actual feel of what it would be like. The team at Sunrise Dental are very encouraging and push you to strive for your best. They also help with shadowing at different offices and even inform you if there are job openings at other offices. I would recommend this program to anyone and know that they would also get the great training that I have received!