The Academy of Chairside Assisting

Online Training For New And Seasoned Dental Assistants

Become The Dental Assistant Your Dentist Can't Work Without

When you join the Academy of Chairside Assisting (ACA), you have the opportunity to learn from the most well-known dental assistant in the country, Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, and her experienced team of dental professionals. You’ll sharpen your skills and truly become the assistant your dentist can’t live without.
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Years of experience
Over 43K+
Dental Assistants Trained

Learn From The Top Dental Assistant
in the Country 

Whether you are currently working in dentistry as a dental assistant or just beginning to plan your future, we have Continuing Education courses and programs to fit your needs. Our courses span from "just the basics" to prep dental assistants and certification. You'll have access to over 80 learning modules, interactive videos, e-books, and hands-on options. Our learning modules teach clinical application to perform dental assistant duties without wasting time on material that doesn't pertain to everyday dental assisting.
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Chairside Essentials 12 Week DA Course

Learn how to effectively assist the dentist with examinations and dental procedures. You will learn how to prepare the room, the instruments and the patient for dental procedures. You will become proficient in using the instruments that help keep the patient’s mouth dry and protected during dental procedures, administering topical anesthetics, taking dental impressions for study models other dental records necessary in the diagnostic and restorative processes. 
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Get Advanced Training with our Speciality Courses 

Align Technology and The ACA Present
"Excellence in Aligner Therapy"

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Various topics on aligner therapy to create total team awareness on how
orthodontics can improve one's quality and longevity of life, the knowledge of current orthodontic therapy treatments modalities available, enhance the overall comprehensive care the patient receives. Attendees will receive various topics to improve the efficiency and accuracy in their roles with a focus on effectively capturing the patient's issues with diagnostic records and using those records to successfully educate and improve patient acceptance.

 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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What They Are Saying About Shannon Pace Brinker!
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