DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam Preparation - The first most important credential that you need to become employed.
As a practical matter, the first most important credential that you want to obtain to launch your new career as a dental assistant in New Mexico is to be licensed by the state in the expanded function of Dental Radiography. This allows you to legally and safely take dental x-rays, and is generally what most dentist's require as a condition for initial employment. To apply for this certification first requires you to successfully pass the Radiation Health and Safety Exam, administered by the Dental Assisting National ,Board (www.DANB.org) Once you pass the exam, you then apply to the State of New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare for Certification in the Expanded Function of Dental Radiography. (See the sample certification below)
The fastest, LEAST expensive path to becoming a Nationally Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
After you become x-ray certified, other expanded function certifications can be obtained while working for a dentist if they are required by the dental practice or will earn the assistant more money. After working for a Dentist for approximately two years, you become eligible to take the final test required to become a nationally Certified Dental Assistant. This credentialing allows a dental assistant to demonstrate knowledge-based competency that can increase their wages and help gain employment faster in other states. Our program is designed to make students employable as fast as possible, then have them get paid while they work to obtain any additional certifications that they determine are valuable to them.
Our accelerated program is a faster, less expensive path to a job as a Dental Assistant than other options. With our program, you can obtain the certification and training required to secure an entry level position, and then obtain additional certifications while you get paid to work. Our program emphasizes training students to successfully pass the Radiation Health and Safety test, administered by the Dental Assisting National Board₃, and to process the paperwork needed for the State of New Mexico RHS certification₄. We train students in 13 weeks with 78 hours of lecture and lab, and a 140 hour internship at a local dentist’s office. Our program is $4,100.00 plus tax. Compare that to spending up to 10 months and as much as $14,000.00 to attend other local Vo-Tech programs. We offer placement services and will help students with resume’ preparation and job applications.
The Matrix School of Dental Assisting was founded to offer New Mexico job seekers an affordable training option within a manageble timeframe. The concept works so well that read more
Founded in 2011
The Matrix School of Dental Assisting occupies space in conjunction with a fully functioning dental practice AND denture lab. read more
MATRIX SCHOOL OF DENTAL ASSISTING