Learn More about Assist to Succeed Dental Assisting School

Mission Statement

Our mission at ATS is to prepare the student for a career in dentistry. The student will receive a solid academic background in dentistry as well as a practical, clinical hands-on-training in preparation for entering the dental assisting field.  

School History

Dr. Joseph McIntyre, DDS, Dr. Daniel Whiting, DMD, and their dental team have a passion for high quality dental care and exceptional patient care. Over the past 31 years, Dr. McIntyre has trained many dental assistants to perform all the duties and functions allowed in Virginia. This has been a very satisfying experience as most of them have continued in the dental field and some have even gone on to hygiene or dental school- such as our own Dr. Whiting. Our facility is designed to be a teaching facility with a large spacious classroom where our own staff training is done. The doctors realize that the best method of learning is when a student can learn the concept and then practice it. By having the school in a working dental office, the student has the advantage of gaining classroom knowledge, but also practice hands-on experience as they test their skills on each other, observe our staff, and experience internships in other offices. The school is the natural step for Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting to be able to further share their passion for the field of dentistry as they help others skills and proficiency in this field. 

Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting

Drs. McIntyre and Whiting are dedicated to providing patients with the very best care available.

Our Personal Promise

We are confident that students will be given every opportunity to fill their minds with principles that will drive them to success when properly applied.  It is our personal promise to help students learn the skills they need to succeed in whatever endeavors they choose in life.  The courses we teach offer the tools students need to succeed in dental assisting. We also hope to equip students with the desire and drive to use those tools to reach their dreams! 

Office Hours

The students will be required to complete 120 contact hours in order to graduate. Classroom instruction will total 40 hours, clinical lab practicing skills will be 40 hours and externships in working dental offices will be 40 hours. The school faculty will be available half an hour before class starts (7:30-8:00am) and half an hour after the end of class (5:00-5:30pm) as well as during the hour long lunch break (12:00-1:00pm) for one- on-one meetings with students.  Other times can be available by appointment.

This is an accelerated course. The course is for three months on Saturdays. Class hours are from 8am to12 noon and 1pm to 5pm. 

Class Size

In order to provide personalized attention to each student, the class size will be limited to 6 students per clinical instructor.

We are confident that students will be given every opportunity to fill their minds with principles that will drive them to success when properly applied. It is our personal promise to help students learn the skills they need to succeed in whatever endeavors they choose in life.

Student Honor Code

Assist To Succeed Dental Assisting School operates as an educational institution and believes that it is imperative to health and safety that students understand the procedures, methods, and materials they will use in assisting a professional in the treatment of others.  To that end ATS requires a very high level of excellence as outlined above.  Students are not only required to perform in order to receive school endorsement but are expected to do so honestly.  Students who are caught in any form of dishonest behavior (cheating, stealing from the school, stealing from other students or other affiliates of the school) will be dismissed from ATS as a student.  Students suspected of dishonest behavior will be brought before the administration (course directors) at a scheduled time and the case reviewed.  It will be the sole discretion of the administrators to determine the course of action, if any, that will be taken based on the solidity and dependability of the evidence presented by the student and the school staff. Individuals damaged will be responsible for legal prosecution of the accused.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in the professional and polite manner reasonably expected of a dental assistant.  Interference with other student learning will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion. 

Examinations, quizzes and homework assignments are designed for the learning and education of the student. All work is expected to be completed solely by the student unless specifically indicated otherwise by the instructors assigning each learning activity.

Admissions Requirements

The following entrance requirements are necessary for enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program:

  1. Person must be 18 years old or be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate if younger than 18.
  2. Person must present a clean, neat appearance.
  3. Person must agree to abide by the Student Honor Code.

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Smiles for Life Dental Care

The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
  • Compassionate Finance™
  • CareCredit®
  • LendingClub®
  • Smile Rewards 

To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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