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Certificate in Dental Assisting

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Keys to Success

In order to succeed as a Dental Assistant, you’ll need a detail-oriented mind and a knack for solving problems. You’ll encounter unique challenges for each patient and being prepared for these tasks with an open mind will help you succeed in your career.

Being a great communicator is of vital importance – you’ll need to take accurate patient histories, explain your treatments, and help patients understand their care routines.

In addition, having compassion for your patients is an extremely important part of being an effective Dental Assistant. As many as 75% of people have a fear of the dentist – you’ll have to be prepared to help these people through their visit.

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Accreditation or Approval

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels. South College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The Certificate in Dental Assisting program offered at the Nashville campus has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements.” The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:


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South College is providing me the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful program and receive the education and training I need to be a successful occupational therapy assistant.

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