Orthodontic Assistant (OA)
Our Orthodontic Assistant Course prepares students to work in an orthodontic office, how to treat patients and to prepare students to successfully pass their permit exam. We offer a 6-week course which is approved by the Dental Board. This program teaches orthodontic assisting techniques by lecture and hands-on instruction.
Each student receives:
- 24 hours of lecture
- 28 hours of clinical/lab experience
- 32 clinical hours
- 16 hours of internship
When students complete this program they will be competent in the permitted duties of the Orthodontic Assistant and will receive a certificate of completion. This makes students eligible to sit for their Orthodontic Assistant Permit Exam.
As of January 2010, the California Dental Board requires that Dental Assistants who are working in an orthodontic office and/or are performing the daily duties of the Orthodontic Assistant hold an Orthodontic Assistant Permit.
The Dental Board requires that every applicant for the OA permit complete a Board Approved Orthodontic Assistant Course.