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Dental Assistant

A Dynamic Career

In-person & Online

Dental Office Administration
Blended Learning

This blended program is 80% online and 20% in-person; it aims to guide students through the foundations of dental administration and beyond. Students will get the chance to apply their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills within a challenging learning environment that requires active participation. Dental Office Administration classes are held in the evenings between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00 pm. 

This program offers comprehensive administrative training with a focus on the dental field. Mostly computer-based, this diploma program offers classes to prepare you for your new career working in dental administration. Our DOA course is developed with input from various dental offices in Saskatoon, as well as input from the Saskatchewan Association of Dental Assistants. With small class sizes, Axiom Career College will provide you with all of the skills and support that you need to succeed. In six short months, graduates will qualify for employment in dental and dental specialist’s offices, as well as general business offices.

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Start Dates

September 3, 2024 

January 6, 2025 

Length

6 Months

Application Fee

$60*

Tuition

$6,000*

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent (GED/ABE)

Basic Computer Literacy

Location

Saskatoon, SK

Financing

Eligible for Student Loans

Textbooks

$520*

Fees

$195*

Supplies

$908*

Practicum

Optional

* subject to change

TEXTBOOKS Textbook Costs: $520* Estimate including taxes/shipping E-Book options available for certain texts All textbooks supplied by axiom are paid for and provided at Orientation

FEES Application Fee: $60.00 non refundable. Printing Fees: $130* All printing packages are paid for and provided at Orientation CPR: $115* Level C with AED Payment due at Orientation Grad Fee: $50* Payment due at Orientation

SUPPLIES Required Supplies (purchased by student): Tablet $150* Computer - must be a PC, not a MAC $350* Microsoft Office Subscription $48* ($8* per month for 6 months) Home Internet Access for duration of the course $360* Prices are estimates

LIFE-LONG LEARNER APPLICATION Life-Long Learner admission is available to applicants who meet the criteria. All direct entry colleges consider applicants under Life-Long Learner admissions. •Must be 21 years of age by the first day of class •You must be finished your high-school education for two years by the first day of classes •Select "Life-Long Learner" when applying

OPTIONAL PRACTICUM There is an optional 40-hour, 2-week practicum available to those who qualify.

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Dental Office Administrators are in high Demand!

Why Axiom?

UPDATED CURRICULUM

The curriculum undergoes annual review and updates, this iterative process guarantees that our program remains current and reflective of industry standards, equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills for successful entry into the field of Dental Office Administration.

SUPPORT

At Axiom Career College, we prioritize student support and ensure ease of access to instructors for our blended learning programs. Our approach to education goes beyond traditional boundaries, offering a dynamic blend of online and in-person instruction to cater to diverse learning styles and needs. We provide comprehensive student support services, including virtual tutoring, academic advising, and technical assistance, to help students succeed in their studies. Additionally, our instructors are readily available and accessible, both online and on-campus, to provide personalized guidance, answer questions, and offer mentorship throughout the learning process. With our commitment to student support and accessibility, Axiom Career College ensures that all learners have the resources they need to achieve their academic and professional goals.

FREE PARKING & ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

At Axiom Career College, we understand the importance of providing convenient amenities to support our students' educational journey. That's why we offer free parking for our students, alongside easy access to public transportation options. We believe that removing the hassle and cost of parking, coupled with convenient public transport links, contributes to a stress-free learning environment. This approach allows students to focus on their studies and professional development without worrying about transportation logistics. Our commitment to accessibility extends beyond the classroom, ensuring that every aspect of the student experience is tailored to support their success. With both free parking and access to public transport available, students can easily commute to campus and fully engage in their learning experience at Axiom Career College.

HIGH RATE OF EMPLOYMENT

With over 90% of our graduates securing positions prior to graduation, our institution proudly showcases the quality and preparedness of our students. Employers frequently prioritize hiring our graduates, drawn to their exceptional professionalism, performance, and adeptness in providing treatment. Continually demonstrating their capabilities, our graduates stand out in the industry, making a positive impact in the workplace.

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Course Description

Dental Office Administration

Microsoft Office

Manual Bookkeeping

This Microsoft Office course will give the student building blocks to navigate through any project using Word and Excel. The Microsoft Office course is designed to give the students practical use of the program and to be able to apply this knowledge in an office setting. Each chapter builds on the previous knowledge learned, and covers both basic and advanced use of Microsoft Office which will build further on the student’s understanding of these programs.

The manual bookkeeping course will teach students the importance of proper, ethical, and timely accounting procedures. Instruction of this course will focus on day to day accounting of a business covering debits, credits, receivables, liabilities, assets, revenues, payroll, financial statements, and year-end preparation. This course is recognized as a necessary introductory course which is a prerequisite for any computerized accounting courses.

Communications/HR/Cultural Sensitivity

The communications course will cover effective communication and conflict resolution with special emphasis on cultural differences. Students will pay particular attention to how they present themselves both intentionally and unintentionally and how to professionally present themselves in a dental office environment. This course will pay particular attention to creating, building, and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Each chapter dealt with will include a summary of applying skills to workplace situations.

Dental Health Law and Ethics

This oral health law and ethics course will give the student relevant knowledge and understanding of basic history of law and ethics pertaining to the dental profession. Covered in this course will be the difference between law and ethics, information regarding the standards of professional and legal conduct for dentists, and the importance of the patient physician relationship.

Financial Management/Math Skills

Financial management/math skills will give the student basic skills in understanding financial transactions of a business. These skills will be expanded on further through manual and computerized accounting courses. The student will be taught terminology associated and step-by- step instructions of different transaction types that would take place daily in a dental setting. While being instructed in this area, basic math skills will be covered.

Grammar

This grammar course will take you through the basics of English grammar, giving a solid foundation of proper grammar usage for further learning. Writing and grammar skills are essential in any line of work, at any age, and for any reason. This class will center on instructing students to properly and effectively apply grammar rules to professional situations. Including covering the eight parts of speech, the student will also have skills in proper sentence structure, correct word/verb usage, proper punctuation, and proper number expression.

Dental Health Office Procedures/Billing

The oral health office procedures course will cover particular skills necessary for effectively functioning in an oral health office environment. The class will include proper professional written and verbal communication, filing, familiarization with inventory and ordering supplies, procedures manuals, meetings, all pertaining to an oral health office environment. Along with these skills, the student will learn the personal qualifications and responsibilities of a dental office administrative staff member. The course will develop professional skills to be used in any office setting. This basic dental billing course will outline the most common billing procedures within the general practitioner’s dental office. In this course, the student will learn the basic rules and guidelines that will be applied for dental billing in a general practitioner’s office setting. Not only will this help the student understand billing but will also help familiarize dental terminology and procedures commonly used. Every dental clinic and dentist billing will vary but this course will give students the ability to effectively adapt to all scenarios.

Proofreading

The proofreading course is designed to further work on the grammar basics previously taken in this course. The student will learn essential proofreading, spelling, and editing skills necessary to properly prepare and effectively compose correspondence and reports within any office. Spelling and commonly misused words are again gone through in this course. The student will develop further skills to improve their writing and compose error free business documents.

Patient Psychology

This patient psychology course will give the student relevant knowledge and understanding of various psychological methods and ideology pertaining to patient care. Covered in this course will be basic human needs, different personality types, and communication with all patients. Patient anxiety is dealt with in this course as well.

Basic Oral Health Terminology 

This basic dental terminology course will give the student relevant and specialty specific knowledge of dental terminology. Covering administrative terminology as well as more specific anatomic terminology, this course will provide the student with the proper terminology pertaining to an administrative position within a dental office.

Sage 50 Accounting

The Sage 50 accounting course will take all knowledge learned from manual bookkeeping and apply electronically to a computerized accounting program. Upon completion of this course, the student will have the ability to perform daily accounting transactions, produce financial statements, and run payroll. Focused on in Sage 50 accounting will be the general journal, ledger, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll.

Typing

This course would contain typing practice strategies for students to build confidence typing beginning with basic typing practices. Once these practices are learned the student moves on to focusing on accuracy and finally building on typing speed. To produce an acceptable typing speed, the student must provide three (3) different typing timings with five (5) or less mistakes. The typing speed will then be an average of the three qualified timings. Student timings can only be accepted when completed in Axiom’s computer lab. An instructor must be present. The student name must be printed on the timing. Students have the typing programs installed on their computers so they are able to work on their typing throughout their course.

Vada H, Dental Office Admin Graduate

"I took the dental administrative course and it was so good. The instructions were always there when I needed them, and got a job even before I graduated! Thank you :))"
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