Chairside Assisting
with Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA

Online training for new and seasoned Dental Assistants.
Success rate
Years of experience
Over 6K+
Meet Your Instructor

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA

Founded by Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, the Academy of Chairside Assisting puts the training you need at your fingertips. Shannon and her team of certified dental assistants from all over the country have compiled a variety of online courses for dental education you won’t be able to find in one place, anywhere else.
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Learn From The Top Dental Assistant in the Country 

Our comprehensive program covers every aspect of clinical dentistry from aspiring to seasoned dental assistants. You'll have access to over 80 learning modules, interactive videos, e-books, and hands-on options. Our learning modules teach real clinical application to perform dental assistant duties, without wasting your time on material that doesn't pertain to everyday dental assisting.

Structured Learning Tracks

All ACA courses are divided into one of three learning tracks designed to give you a structured curriculum depending on your learning goals. All learning tracks are included in the ACA monthly subscription.
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Dental Assistant I

  • Over 10 Learning Modules
New to dental assisting? We'll take you through all the must-know dental assisting skills from infection control and instrument processing to chairside assisting must-haves like patient seating, instrument transfer, and more!
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Dental Assistant II

  • Over 25 Learning Modules
Build on your foundations with expert courses for dental assistants like: New patient consultations, digital photography (SLR and Point-n-Shoot, PVS impression techniques, proper bite records, anterior and posterior provisional fabrication, and over 25 more courses!
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Dental Assistant III

  • 15 Advanced Learning Modules
For seasoned dental assistants looking reach expert levels. Courses range from Smile design, esthetic wax up, advanced provisional fabrication and cementation, to advanced photography, anterior full direct resin, utilizing dental lasers and so much more.


Specialty Courses

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Lead Trainer
 Ariela Myler, CDA

Ariela Myler, EFDA, worked alongside and learned from prominent dentists in her community, Dr. Goger, Carl, and Walker, for 13 years. Ariela has a vast knowledge of dental assisting and loves to learn from simple procedures to full mouth reconstructions, Invisalign, and more. The painful experiences from her youth in Albania have helped her see her patients through compassionate eyes. She loves to help other assistants by teaching and training through ACA with Shannon and the team! She and Weston have four beautiful children; they are active in their faith and love spending time together.
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Why Academy of Chairside Assisting?

All Materials Included
No more outdated textbooks. All learning materials are shipped to your door and all training is conducted online.
Fully Online
Get top-level instruction and training no matter where you live in the country, from the comfort of your own home.
Get Paid for Sharing
Anyone you refer to ACA receives 15% off their membership or course, plus you receive %15 as a big thank you for your support!

Unparalleled Industry Reputation

"Shannon has earned the right to share her knowledge with other assistants who wish to go from GOOD to GREAT.Ms. Pace Brinker is one of the most talented dental assistants in our profession.."
Linda Miles
"Shannon's lectures on dental assisting are unrivaled on the U.S. dental circuit. She speaks enthusiastically about her experience while never forgetting her primary role as a clinical assistant and her love for her patients."
Mickey Bernstein, DDS
"Shannon is the total package. She has the experience, the technical knowledge, a great teacher and a great speaker. I can recommend her to anyone that wants to take their practice to the next level and get their staff refocused".
Frank Graziano, DDS

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