Dental Assisting or Medical Assisting?

Did you know we also offer a 6-month medical assisting program? Our program puts you on the fast track to earning your nationally-recognized CCMA, while still providing comprehensive, hands-on labs in a real medical practice. Check out our full network of schools through Zollege, and find a program near you!

Dental assisting and medical assisting are two of the most rewarding, in-demand careers in healthcare with opportunities for growth and specialization. These valuable roles are the perfect starting point to learn both clinical skills and administrative duties in an office. While some practices offer in-office training for these positions, certification from a state-regulated program will help both dental and medical assistants find employment more readily. And right now, the need for qualified healthcare workers is higher than ever.

But which one is the best fit for you?

Dental assisting

To put it simply, a dental assistant does just that: assists the dentist. Unlike a hygienist or orthodontic assistant, you will work directly alongside the dentist as their extra set of hands.

Dental assistants are responsible for:

  • Chair assisting
  • Taking impressions and making molds
  • Preparing examination rooms
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Taking x-rays
  • Maintaing patient charts
  • Scheduling appointments

Offices typically have many dental assistants and can offer full-time or part-time positions. This is a great fit if you are seeking a consistent schedule, as most dental offices are open from 8am-6pm on weekdays. However, different states have varying requirements for dental assistants, so it is important to receive your certification in the state you are planning to work in. You can also consult the Dental Assisting National Board if you need to move your credentials to another state.

Medical Assisting

Similar to dental assisting, a medical assistant works in a supportive role under the supervision of a healthcare professional. However, medical assistants can be found in many different settings: primary care, specialty offices, hospitals, diagnostic labs, and more. This also means you can develop a more flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours if you choose. You can also travel with your CCMA (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant), and work in any state as a medical assistant!

Medical assistants can be responsible for:

  • Measuring and recording vital signs
  • Patient intake
  • Drawing blood samples and basic lab work
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Setting up and breaking down exam rooms
  • Preparing prescriptions

Both of these positions offer a chance to provide exceptional patient care and use your technical skills to serve the healthcare needs of your community. Still undecided between a career in dental assisting or medical assisting? Call our Admissions team and we can chat more about your own goals!

Contact Information

    • Tulsa
    • 2105 E. 15th Street
    • Tulsa, OK 74104

Admission Hours

Monday: 8:00am – 8:00pm CST

Tuesday: 8:00am – 8:00pm CST

Wednesday: 8:00am – 8:00pm CST

Thursday: 8:00am – 8:00pm CST

Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm CST

Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm CST

Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm CST

The Denver Dental Assistant School is located in Lakewood off of Huron St and W 124th Ave, near I-25 where it meets Highway 128. You can find the Denver Dental Assistant School just minutes from Northglenn, Broomfield, Thornton, and Federal Heights, and just 20 minutes from Downtown Denver near where I-25 intersects with I-70 and I-76.

The Tacoma Dental Assistant School is located in Central Tacoma, in a neighborhood surrounded by North End, Hilltop and Fircrest, near S. Union in between 16th and 17th Streets. The Tacoma Dental Assistant School can also be found off Highway 16 at S. Union Ave, just passed 19th St, and is only 20 minutes away from I-5 where it crosses Highway 16.

The Tacoma Dental Assistant School – Puyallup campus is located near Highway 167 where it crosses Highway 410 off of E. Main Ave. The school is located at the corner of Shaw Rd E and E Main Ave. The school can also be found from the South down Shaw Rd E off of 23rd Ave SE.

The Phoenix Dental Assistant Schools, Mesa Campus is located off of Highway 101 past Highway 60 from the South, on the corner of Main St and 63rd St, one block north of Broadway Rd. The school is also located just above the neighborhoods of Superstition Springs Center and Leisure World.

The Phoenix Dental Assistant Schools, Litchfield Park Campus is located off Dysart Rd near Camelback Rd. The school is 20 minutes away from Northern Pkwy from the north, Highway 303 from the west and I-10 from the south. The school is also south of the Luke Air Force Base and across the water from Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

The Ohio Dental Assistant School is located in Avon, off of Highway 83, Center Rd. The school is just south of where the I-90 and Highway 2 crosses over Center Rd. The school is also east of the intersection of Stoney Ridge Rd and Detroit Rd with the closest intersection to the Ohio Dental Assistant School at Detroit Rd and Center Rd. The school can also be accessed from I-80 and Highway 20 where they both cross Center Rd in North Ridgeville.