Dental Assistant

LOGO Dental

CIP Code: 51.0601, Credit 3.0, Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

Instructor: TBD


Program Overview

Students who enroll in the Dental Occupations Program learn a variety of skills that will enable them to become a dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and/or pursue a career as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA), Registered Dental Hygienist or dentist. There is a focus on patient-centered care in support of improving oral health as a key to personal health and well-being. The major areas of study in this program include: dental radiology, oral pathology, chair-side dental assisting, anatomy and physiology, dental materials, sterilization, and dental office business procedures.

Students will be introduced to Dental Anatomy, Dental Charting Systems, Infection Control Procedures, Dental Instruments and Procedures for General Dentistry, Chairside Assisting Techniques, and Radiology Basics. As students continue in this program, they receive more lectures on advanced dental anatomy, dental software programs, dental specialties, prep for certified dental assisting and radiology Board Exams.

Is this Career Right For You?

  • Would you be comfortable working in the dental field?
  • Do you have the ability to successfully study science?
  • Are you personable and friendly?
  • Do you have strong hand-eye coordination?
  • Are you patient and able to do tasks repetitively?

Inside the Industry

OCCUPATIONLOCAL WAGE
Dental Assistants $36,342
Dental Hygienists $79,680
Dental Lab Technician $33,950
Dentist, Other Specialist $97,200

* This program is not accredited by CODA. Graduates will need to work 3500 hours in a dental office before they are eligible to sit for the exam.

 

 

 

  Dental Assistant Program, lab area    Dental Assistant Program digital panoramic machine    Dental Assistant Program Sterilization Area 
Dental Assistant Program, dental chair

 

 Competencies

 Possible Careers

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • Expanded-Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Sterilization Assistant
  • Business Assistant
  • Dental Supply Representative
  • Dental Insurance Claims Specialist

 Potential Certifications

  • OSHA-10
  • Employability: Interviewing Skills
  • CPR/AED
  • Prepare to obtain State Radiology Certification
  • Prepare to obtain Infection Control Certification
  • Prepare to obtain Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification*

 Statewide Articulation Agreements