Dental Assisting

Perform duties such as preparation of the patient and dental materials. Work harmoniously with both dentist and patient during treatment.

Smile, and the world will smile back as you help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. You’ll be the dentist’s second pair of hands as you provide chairside assistance during dental procedures. You’ll learn to professionally polish teeth, take dental x-rays, prepare dental materials and instruments, make crowns and bridges and manage the dental office. Graduate to a good job in a dental practice or enter college to become a dental hygienist, lab technician or even a dentist.

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Students have the opportunity to acquire the following certifications:

  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Radiology
  • CPR
  • IC3 (Internet & Computing Core Certification)

Student Organization

What skills will I learn?

  • Chairside assisting
    • Identify and transfer instrumentsPrepare tray set-ups
    • Mix dental materials
    • Expose, process, and mount x-rays
  • Dental laboratory
    • Construct diagnostic models
    • Articulate models
    • Construct base plates/bite block
    • Construct acrylic temporary crowns and bridges
    • Prepare dies, carve wax patterns, invest and cast
  • Computerized office procedures
    • Bookkeeping records
    • Insurance forms
    • Scheduling/recall system
  • Anatomy, bacteriology, pathology, pharmacology and radiology

What types of equipment are used:

  • Two modern dental units, fully equipped with all components, including rotary and hand instruments
  • Dental laboratory fully equipped with: Bunsen burners, lathes, casting machine, Pelton Crane sterilizers, dental engines, hand instruments and trimmers
  • Computers
Where do you want to go?

Dental Hygienist, Dental Therapist, Dental Office Manager, Dental Insurance Claims Rep., Certified Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Supply Sales Rep., Dental Lab Technician, Dental Receptionist, Dental Forensics, Dentist, Military

Health Science Career Field


Year 1

3.0 elective, 1.0 Anatomy/Physiology (required)

Year 2

4.0 elective



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