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DATS Graduating Class Fall 2017


Outstanding Income Potential

  • Dental assistants can earn a good income. In Harlingen, the average yearly salary for Registered Dental Assistant is $20,816. If you are just beginning, the starting pay rate averages $17,142 annually.
  • Benefits (these can vary from one practice to another)

Outstanding Dynamic Profession

  • Work in a highly professional environment
  • Be a healthcare professional
  • Interact with people all day, every day (it's anything but a desk job!)

Outstanding Job Opportunities

  • Dental assistants are in great demand—employment is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations
  • Full time and part time positions always available
  • Transportable profession—anywhere in the United States

Outstanding Growth Opportunities

  • Office manager (most office managers were dental assistants)
  • Expanded functions assistant
  • Treatment coordinator
  • Anesthesia tech
  • Specialty assistants (orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics)

Professional Options for Dental Assistants in the Dental Field

DATS students getting experience

Once you become a dental assistant, you'll have many options for professional growth and career expansion. If you face any challenges at all, it will be figuring out how you want to … Continue reading...

Congratulations to DATS Fall Graduating Class 2015

Students, families and friends gathered at Harlingen Family Dentistry, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, to celebrate the Rio Grande Valley Dental Assistant Training School held at Harlingen … Continue reading...

Graduating Class of Spring 2015

Family and friends joined the DATS graduates at their commencement ceremony held at Harlingen Family Dentistry.  Janae Neeley, DATS Representative, welcomed the graduates and guests.  … Continue reading...

Latest Class of DATS Students Celebrate Fall Graduation 2014

The DATS Fall Class of 2014 celebrated with their friends and families, Thursday, November 13, 2014, as they received their certificates to be Certified Dental Assistants in the state … Continue reading...

CPR Certification Training Held

The latest class of the DATS/Rio Grande Valley class received CPR certification training at Harlingen Family Dentistry.  The training was conducted by Rene Perez, RN Paramedic, Director … Continue reading...

Our New Class for September 2014!!!

The Fall DATS class opened September 2, 2014, under the direction of Dr. Glenn Thomason with lead dental assistant, Sandra Cantu and dental assistant Vinnie Carranza. Classes are held … Continue reading...

DATS Rio Grande Valley Graduation Class of Spring 2014

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, students received their DATS diplomas from Dr. Glenn Thomason, Instructor assisted by Sandra Cantu, RDA, Lisa Garcia, RDA and Vinnie Carranza, RDA. Parents … Continue reading...