Frequently asked questions

QWhat does my tuition include?

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Included in the tuition are all the books and supplies you will need. Also included is the American Heart Association CPR course fee. There is a $200 registration fee due upon acceptance of your application. If the student decides within 3 days of this acceptance not to attend, the $200 will be refunded. After the 3 day waiting period, no refunds will the given for the registration fee.

Students will also pay $30 for their Individual Liability Policy, due by the first class session.

QWhen and where are classes held?

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Classes are held every Saturday for 12 consecutive weeks from 8am to 4 pm with an hour break for lunch at our dental office facility located at 680 SE Bayberry Lane, Suite 105, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Click on the "Location" tab for a map to the office.

QWhat attire is appropriate during class time?

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Scrubs are mandatory for all school hours, lecture and practicum. Each student should purchase a couple pairs of scrubs to be worn during school and clinical hours. Scrubs may be purchased at any retailer and typically run $20-30/set. Any design or color is appropriate and left to the discretion of the student.

QWill I receive a certificate or diploma at the completion of the course?

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Every student upon successful completion of all relevant course work will receive a certificate of completion from SDAA as well as a letter of recommendation.

QWhat happens if I miss a class?

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SDAA stuctures its curriculum to deliver highly intense, focused theoretical and clinical study material in as efficient a manner as possible. Because our program is accelerated, absences will seriously affect a students ability to progress through the material quickly and thoroughly. Students should make every effort to be on time for every session. If an emergency does arise, contact the program administrator, director, or instructor and a make up session will be arranged if at all possible.

QWhat is the difference between SDAA and a 10-12 month Dental Assistant Program?

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SDAA offers an efficient, practical knowledge base which will prepare students for the day-to-day functions they will be expected to perform. We concentrate our time and energy on learning those skills necessary to be both an advocate for the patient as well as a productive and effective member of the dental team. Health Care Provider CPR certification is offered as part of our course work and is a mandatory step in a student's quest to become a certified dental assistant. The tuition at SDAA is approximately 1/3 of the cost of a 10-12 month program. Both Drs. Bromley and Broyles will not only supervise the delivery of the course work but will participate in person giving lectures and working one on one with students to ensure the students adequately grasp the proper chairside assisting techniques.

QWhat is the average salary range I can expect to earn upon course completion?

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According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, the average salary for a dental assistant is approximately $34,000 per year. In the Kansas City Metro area, salaries start anywhere from $10-15 per hour. Obviously, salaries increase with experience and Certified Expanded Functions dental assistants can expect to earn anywhere from $16-25 per hour. Benefits and paid vacation time vary from employer to employer.