Exploring the Dental Workforce

Curious about a career in the dental field? You don't have to be a dentist to work in a dental office, in fact, dentists rely on having a stellar team around them to ensure every patient receives the best care possible!

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants provide hands-on help for the dental practitioner. The dental assistant performs preparatory work such as sterilizing equipment, preparing and developing X-rays, and taking impressions/molds of patients' teeth. Additionally, they guide the patients through their procedures and instruct patients on oral care. More advanced duties may include topical anesthetic, sealant applications, and fluoride applications.


Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist's work duties include performing dental cleanings, examining patients for signs of oral diseases (cancer screenings and gingivitis), and providing preventative dental care under the supervision of a dentist. They educate patients on ways to improve oral health.

Scheduling Coordinator

Scheduling Coordinator

The Scheduling Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all aspects of patient services, including maintaining patient records, coordinating the flow of the patients seen throughout the day, confirming appointments in the upcoming days, and scheduling out future appointments with patients as needed. This position can also oversee the general administrative tasks of the office.

Medical/Dental Office Administration Programs

Financial Coordinator

Dental Finance Image

The Financial Coordinator helps communicate with patients regarding their treatment plan and identifies the best ways to finance the recommended treatment(s). This can involve researching insurance benefits (depending on the patient’s carrier) and preparing estimates prior to discussions, collecting payments at the time of service, and billing the insurance carrier, and making appropriate payment plan arrangements with the patients, as agreed upon in these conversations. This position also may have to follow-up on delinquent accounts and run fiscal reports upon request to ensure the finances of the office are running smoothly.

Medical/Dental Coding and Billing Programs

Sterilization Technician


The Sterilization Technician processes dental instruments and patient care items through the sterilization process, turns over operatories and helps set-up treatment rooms for the next patient procedure, as well as assisting with ordering clinical supplies for your dental practice.

Sterile Processing Programs

Dental Office Shadowing Opportunities

Want to have some hands-on experience with a position you are interested in? Reach out to any of the dental offices listed below to set up a day for you to shadow their team.

PracticeAddressContact InformationWebsite
Wallingford Family Dentistry - Dr. Ryan Lemke1628 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 632-5850


Woodinville Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Rama Oskouian 17000 140th Ave NE, Suite #302, Woodinville, WA 98072(425) 402-8393www.woodinvillepd.com
Rainier Endodontics - Dr. Jake Weissman 1101 Madison St., Suite 1290, Seattle, WA 98104(206) 939-5600rootdoc.com
Redmond Dental Smiles - Dr. Malina Lam-Gershony16710 NE 79th St., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052(425) 867-1484www.redmonddentalsmiles.com
Expedition Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Megan Miller1800 112th Ave NE, Suite 302E, Bellevue, WA 98004(425) 818-2722 expeditionpediatricdentistry.com
White Center Smiles - Dr. Tofunmi Osundeko10254 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146(206) 762-2573 whitecentersmiles.com
Professional Perio Partners - Dr. Michitsuna Katafuchi12911 120th Ave NE, Suite F-240, Kirkland, WA 98034(425) 820-2414 professionalperiopartners.com