Welcome to The Dental Assistant School of Rockland

Do you want a financially and personally rewarding career? One that is also a very stable career? You've come to the right place!

A career in Dental Assisting is an exciting and challenging one. It is a job that is never the same from one day to the next. If you are a people person and enjoy meeting and helping people with their dental health care and making beautiful smiles, then this is the profession for you.

We have been extremely successful in getting jobs for our students, We are certainly very proud of that. We are an actual dental office so students train with actual instruments and materials. Taking x-rays on each other too.

Helping students change their lives with finding a new exciting career since 2007


Our Training Includes:

  • Radiology
  • Crown & Bridge
  • Periodontics
  • Front Desk
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Oral Anatomy
  • Impressions
  • Insurance
  • Pediatrics
  • Plaster Models
  • Sterilization
  • Endodontics
  • Chairside Assisting
  • Tub & Tray System
  • Restoration
  • Four-Handed-Technique

Licensed by the New York State Department of Education

The following subjects are covered in depth from both a didactic and a practical clinical experience. The morning lecture is followed by an afternoon of clinical, “hands on” training in our state-of-the-art practicing dental office. During their course of study, the students learn the operation of all equipment, instrumentation and materials commonly used in a general dental practice. Details of the subjects covered are outlined below.

I Dental Theory and Terminology

  • Dental and oral anatomy, tooth identification and numbering system
  • Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of General Dentistry
  • Dental terminology
  • Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage
  • Treatment options available, depending on oral conditions

II Receptionist-Front Desk Office Management

  • Phone techniques and appointment book control
  • Patient charting and scheduling
  • Insurance terminology scheduling

III Four- Handed Dental Assisting

  • Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and patient suctioning
  • Chair-side doctor-patient-assistant positioning
  • Tub and tray systems of instruments and materials

Familiarity and use of instruments and materials in assisting for:

    1. Operative Dentistry-amalgam and composite restorations
    2. Oral Surgery-instruments, procedures and post-op-protocol
    3. Crown and Bridge-polyvinyl “gun type” impression taking, temporary fabrication, cord packing, hemostatic agents, introduction into various crown types
    4. Endodontics-instruments, medicaments and materials: how and why they are used
    5. Periodontics-disease origin and usual treatment methods
    6. Pedodontics-commonalty and differences in treating children vs. adult patients

IV Radiology

  • X-ray theory and technique, use of Rinn holders and other methods
  • Intraoral, bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods
  • Developing x-rays using the automatic processor
  • Darkroom care and maintenance
  • X-ray identification, interpretation, safety and precautions

V Impressions and Model Trimming

  • Impression materials and practice in their uses: alginates, poly vinyl siloxane, etc.
  • Wax bites, counter impressions
  • Model pouring and trimming

VI Cements and liners

  • Introduction to various cements and liners used in dentistry
  • Practice mixing cements and liners

VII Sterilization Techniques

  • Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation
  • Instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfection
  • Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques
  • Handpiece care and maintenance

VIII Job Interview and Placement Assistance

  • Proper image, dress, resume, and how to prepare for the job interview itself
  • Difficult questions you may face-how to answer them
  • Do’s and don’ts during the interview, what to expect

The course is given three times a year:
January, April and September.

  • The course will run for ten (10) consecutive weeks and meets on Saturdays from 8:30am-5:30pm.
  • There are eighty (80) hours of instruction for a total of one hundred forty (140) course work hours.

For additional class information please call: 845.623.0826



All Students satisfactorily completing the course will receive a certificate and a dental assistant pin. Following the training in this ten-week course, students will have the confidence and skills necessary to apply for a Dental Assistant position.

Additionally, many doctors call our office asking for a list of our recent graduates. We also inform our current class of any doctors needing Dental Assistants so that they may apply directly for the position. Many of our students obtain jobs as Dental Assistants before finishing the course.

Part of the training will involve the Job Interview itself, how to prepare for it, how to dress, what to say, etc. So often jobs are lost during the first five minutes of the interview. We feel it is important to train the student in this area as well so that they will stand out from the rest of those competing for the same position.

Q ... What are the benefits of taking this class as opposed to just finding a dental assisting job with little or no prior work experience?

A ... Most dental offices would admit to being hesitant in hiring applicants who have minimal to no work experience and require on the job training. Not only does this start to hamper the daily activities of the dental practice, but can frequently lead to frustrated staff members who have to assume the responsibility of training the new employee while trying to complete their numerous daily tasks. This program was designed to more than adequately prepare students to adapt to various types of dental offices and allow them to excel in their new job at a much more rapid pace.

Q ... After completing the 10 week course, can this program help me to find a job in a dental office?

A ... The Dental Assistant School of Rockland networks with dentists in all of the surrounding counties to provide their offices the opportunity to find graduates from this program which meet their employment needs.

Q ... Will this course still benefit me if I choose to move out of state?

A ... Yes. Basically, dental assisting knowledge and skills are very much uniform, especially in the areas of dental materials, operatory setups, and front desk job duties. Therefore, the knowledge you gain from this program will carry over very well in helping you to adapt to any dental office or facility located in the USA and Canada.

Q ... Does this program offer additional help for students who are struggling with understanding the course material?

A ... On a weekly basis, review sessions are given during the lecture process which not only reinforces important concepts, but also provides students ample opportunities to ask questions while helping the instructors identify areas which need further clarification. If any student is falling behind with certain aspects of the program, these students will be able to request additional time for “tutoring” sessions (at no additional charge) either after class or on a separate day, depending on the students and instructors availability.

Q ... If I am already working in a dental office, would this course still be beneficial to me?

A ... Absolutely!! One of the many goals of this program is to encourage students to further their knowledge in the dental profession by learning not only concepts in dental assisting, but also in areas such as dental hygiene and the various dental specialties. This course is designed to provide students with an education the will allow them to have clinical as well as administrative skills which makes them a very valuable asset to any dental office.

The Dental Assistant School of Rockland, Inc.
1 Crosfield Ave., Suite 301
West Nyack, NY 10994
Phone: 845.623.0826
Fax: 845.623.1990

If you and have additional questions or comments regarding our dental program please contact:
Director, kimn@optonline.net

Please allow up to 24 hrs for us to respond to your comments or requests.