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The AIDA Difference

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Dr. Hastings provides a wonderful learning environment for students

A Tradition of Dental Assisting Career Success

What sets American Institute of Dental Assisting apart? Our connection to the dental industry.

Dr. Eldon Hastings, a prominent practicing dentist, recognized a need in the dental industry. As the employer of many dental assistants, Dr. Hastings consistently saw dental assisting graduates enter his office without the necessary experience.  He recognized the need for a school that provided real-world, hands-on training so aspiring dental assistants could learn the skills they need to provide excellent dental assisting services before they enter the field.

Dr. Hastings founded AIDA on the belief that dental assisting could and should be taught under the guidance of Licensed Dentists and in a working dental clinic setting. He continues to be the owner and director of the school.

Keeping the school private provides a unique advantage for AIDA students. By not being run by a large corporation, Dr. Hastings and the staff at AIDA are able to completely customize the curriculum to fit the needs of modern dental assisting students and keep their focus completely on the goal of providing top-quality dental assisting education in a supportive setting.

Dr. Hastings was awarded “Best Teacher” recognition by the Arizona Private Schools Association (association of private, postsecondary schools in Arizona). All AIDA instructors have many years assisting experience and are required to be presently working full time in dentistry.

The tuition at the American Institute of Dental Assisting is as much as two-thirds less than other dental assisting schools in the area! Get a better education, in less time for less money!

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For more information on a career in Dental Assisting and to explore whether AIDA is right for you, fill out the form on this page or call [phone-link location=”mesa”].


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