Illinois Dental Assistant Schools
While there are some dental assistant programs in existence, Illinois only requires dental assistants to have “on-the-job” training by the supervising dentist.
However, a dental assistant over 18 years old who has logged 1,000 hours of experience in a clinical setting, or who has graduated from an accredited dental assistant program can monitor nitrous oxide application (after completing a 12-hour class), polish tooth coronas (after a six-hour class) or apply pit and fissure sealant (after 4 hours of study).
Ultimately, it is up to the dental practice to decide whether to teach you your job or whether you should pursue your education in a classroom. There are a variety of dental assistant schools in Illinois.
Illinois Dental Assistant Continuing Education Requirements
Dental assistants have no continuing education requirements, but if you want to expand your range of skills to, say, monitor anesthetics, you must take additional coursework and/or be certified in that skill.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Dental Assistants in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford and Joliet, Illinois may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Evanston Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.