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What are the qualifications of a dental assistant instructor?

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Some qualifications required to become a dental assistant instructor are an associate or higher degree in dental assisting and proper dental assistant certification from the Dental Assisting National Board. Different states also have varying levels of qualification requirements to be an instructor.

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Some states require a bachelor’s degree in dental assisting, while others only require certification and an Associate degree. Many states accept an Associate degree as long as the individual has some credits toward a bachelor’s degree. States may also accept other certifications, such as the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Assistant certifications.

Many areas also require a certain number of years practicing as a dental assistant; a minimum of three years is common. This requirement may vary based on the education of the individual. A teaching license is also a requirement in many states. Some other certifications to have include a first aid certification and CPR certification.

As of 2015, dental assistant instructors make an average of $19.64 an hour, depending on where and how long they have worked in this career. The job requires teaching students the fundamentals of dental assisting in addition to on-the-job training. Instructors also maintain attendance and grade records and often create their own curricula.

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