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Dental Assisting

Students in the Dental Assisting program learn oral anatomy, sterilization and disinfection, oral pathology, preventive dentistry and digital imaging.. 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Chairside Assistant
  • Sterilization Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Lab Technician
  • Denturist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Sales Representative

Certification Opportunities: Dental Assisting Certificate of Completion, Basic Life Support card, 7 Hours Bloodborne Pathogens/HIV certification, HIPAA certification

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

Location: Tri-Tech

Equivalency Credits: 0.5 Technical English 1 or 2, 1.0 Lab Science

Occupational/Elective Credits: 3 per Year

College Credits Available: 24


Sherrie Croshaw

Dental Assisting

Shelley Hill

Dental Assisting Instructional Assistant