Whether you are currently enrolled in one of our programs or you are seeking a new job as a dental assistant, there are several types of jobs that are available. Depending on your lifestyle and family situation, there are both part-time and full-time dental assistant positions available at most dental offices.
If you are just starting a career in the industry and are seeking full-time work, this is the most common way to break into the field. Because there are so many tasks given to a dental assistant, it is often important to the dental office to have someone that can be trusted and willing to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
For those who may be beginning a family or want to spend more time at home with loved ones, there are also part-time positions available at many dental offices. Below is more information about each position.
Full-Time Dental Assistants
Should you be interested in becoming a full-time dental assistant and have gone through the proper training with us, you will already be cognizant of the duties that will be expected of you on a regular basis. If you are considering joining our program and want to know what your career would possibly entail, you would normally be assigned to tasks such as preparing patients and the work area for procedures, sterilizing dental equipment, processing x-rays, record keeping and more. There are many tasks that are assigned to a dental assistant on a daily basis and it is important that you be organized, are empathetic to patients and have good interpersonal skills.
Part-Time Dental Assistants
For those seeking part-time work, you will have many of the same tasks of a full-time employee and are expected to be just as competent in all ways. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 dental assistants are part-time employees and many work weekends and/or nights to better assist the office.
Potential Future Roles
The dental field offers many options for career growth. Many dental assistants learn that they have a passion for the field and want to develop their skills even further. If you are a dental assistant interested in a new position, such as a dental hygienist, you should be able to easily make the transition. With the experience and schooling you have already acquired, you will be set for success and will need to earn a AA degree in dental hygiene and complete certain licensing examinations specific to your state.
If there are any other questions that you have about potential jobs or you would like to learn more about our program, we ask that you please reach out to us today at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting!
Sydney Sparks July 22, 2019
10/10 I recommend this school. Time and frequency of the class is great for people working full time as well as people with children. Jennifer is a lot of fun to learn from as well. I was able to get a job right out of school, so I can’t complain!!!
Michelle H. January 29, 2019
I attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in 2016. It was a very convenient program with it only being two days a week (at night) it’s the perfect career opportunity especially for someone who needs to work while going to school. Since graduating, I have had many opportunities open up one of which is working at Sunrise itself. I had an excellent instructor who helped as much as she could to prepare us for a job in the dental field. I would highly recommend signing up, you won’t regret it!
Kourie U. January 29, 2019
I attended Sunrise Dental Assisting School in 2008 and still today am so grateful I did. My experience in the school was awesome. The instructors were very attentive and always available. Since the school is based in a dental office you are able to have endless opportunities for hands on learning. In addition the schedule is very accommodating for all lifestyles. The last thing I would like to note about SDAS is that once you have completed the program Sunrise still advocates for you. Paulette Jolly is a tremendous help with job placement and helping you along your way. Now that Sunrise Dental has allowed me the entrance into the dental field I know dentistry is my passion. Sunrise Dental has been a great blessing to my life.
Victoria R January 29, 2019
Enjoyed the hands on and guided learning experience the instructors provided. Had the opportunity to shadow and assist for an oral surgeon set up by instructor Tammy. SSDA Fayetteville was a laid back environment which made attending class enjoyable. I feel confident using what I learned in the course for future careers.
Rhonish W January 29, 2019
Attending SSDA was the best thing I could have ever done ! My instructor Tammy was beyond amazing she made sure we understood everything taught and even gave us multiple opportunities to gain experience shadowing In her office ! Sunrise is the best !
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!