• Career Pathways:

    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Laboratory Technician Assistant
    • Sterilization Assistant

    Industry Certifications:

    • Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) – only for Dental Assisting Track
    • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Algebra I or Geometry
    • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team
    • Hand-eye coordination
  • Dental Occupations 15 months, 1630 hours

  • The Dental Occupations program integrates lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences to teach students a variety of dental related subjects. The program provides leading edge training for careers as a dental assistant, dental laboratory technician assistant or a circulating assistant.

    The curriculum covers an introduction to healthcare, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, ethical/ legal responsibilities, normal body functions and common disorders, patient care and procedures, office procedures, pharmacology, radiology, operative dentistry, dental materials, dental laboratory procedures, oral surgery, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

    By completing this program, students are well prepared for their chosen careers. As dental assistants, they assist dentists during examination and treatment of patients. Students learn to prepare patients for treatment, sterilize instruments, prepare materials and make study models from impressions, expose and process x-ray film and provide chairside assistance for the dentist. Dental laboratory technician assistants learn to work in a dental laboratory assisting with the creation of dental prostheses (replacements for natural teeth).