Students in the Dental Assisting program learn oral anatomy, sterilization and disinfection, oral pathology, preventive dentistry and radiography (x-ray). Other course objectives include chair-side procedures, impressions and study models, safety standards and regulations, observations and internships. Students must be understanding and communicate well with others. The student needs to be able to work independently in a diverse environment and as a team member. Good manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination are required.
Other aids to success in this program are the ability to work under pressure, to change working situations hourly, to be able to think on your feet, to read/comprehend technical dental information, and to memorize dental terms and procedures including anatomy and physiology. Completion of this course provides a natural vehicle for pre-requisite studies toward advanced training in dental hygiene.
- Dental hygienist
- Chair side assistant
- Dental receptionist
- Clinical coordinator
- Lab tech
Certification Opportunities: Dental Assisting Certificate of Completion, Health Care Provider CPR, 7 Hours HIV education, Infection Control Exam
Pre-Requisites: Junior/Senior Standing, Seniors will have priority placement
Sessions Offered: AM Session is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. PM Session is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Length of Program: 1 year
Equivalency Credits: 0.5 Technical English 1 or 2, 1.0 Lab Science
Occupational/Elective Credits: 3 per Year
College Credits Available: TBD