Students in the Dental Assistant program explore a variety of professions to develop an awareness of job opportunities in the field. Students develop skills needed to perform effectively in entry-level positions and receive a good foundation for continued study. Students in the Dental Assistant program learn sterilization procedures, patient care, operative and specialty dental procedures, radiology procedures, plus office and laboratory skills. Special emphasis is placed on basic clinical procedures, infection control, standard precautions and communication skills as it relates to dental health care providers. Students are also given instruction in the sciences related to this field including medical terminology, dental anatomy, and laboratory techniques. Students have the opportunity to choose pathways that can lead to certifications in dental assisting and Healthcare Provider CPR.