Bing Dental Assisting Program at Bradford School
Bradford School - Pittsburgh, PA
Dental Assisting

Making Smiles More Beautiful

A dental assistant is an important part of the dental team. Under the direction of a dentist, dental assistants can perform a variety of dental procedures including finishing and polishing composite restorations, taking impressions, and developing radiographs. Dental assistants must be able to work on a team, have good manual dexterity, and have good communication skills.

During the 16-month Specialized Associate degree program, students can learn four-handed dentistry, dental procedures, and office procedures. Students learn in a simulated on-site dental clinic and complete two externships to gain valuable real world experience with patients. Bradford School's dental assisting program also includes expanded functions.



At Bradford School, our dental assisting faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes to succeed.

Our class sizes are usually smaller, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one on one attention.  You'll be learning in a simulated dental lab which is equipped with the industry standard equipment you will find in dental practices.  

As a student in our Dental Assisting program, you can learn about:

  • Chairside Assisting 
  • Taking and developing radiographs 
  • Working with dental materials 
  • Using a variety of dental instruments 
  • Placing composite restorations

 Dental Assisting students complete 2 externships so that they can practice their skills in a real life setting and make valuable contacts!


Bradford School offers a 16-month associate in specialized technology degree in dental assisting. Most of your classes are specific to preparing you for a successful dental assisting career. You can graduate quickly and start working!

Our Dental Assisting program is accredited by Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This accreditation allows graduates to sit for the national Certified Dental Assisting exam that many employers throughout the United States like to see.  

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog.  To learn more about our student focused resources click here.


  • Dental Health Science and Nutrition
  • Principles of Practice Management
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chairside Assisting 
  • Dental Materials  
  • Dental Radiology 
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting 
  • Dental Assisting/EFDA Extramurals 


Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.7

As a Bradford School graduate, our career placement department can help you start your career by finding the right job!  

We'll also be there to prepare you by helping with resume writing, interviewng practice, and job searching.  And, most importantly, we'll be there for you throughout your career whenever you need help.  



As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Bradford School, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.  There are a variety of financial aid programs available for those who qualify.