Dental Occupations

  • Congratualtions Dental Occupations Students!

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 4/16/2018

    These five Dental Occupations students passed the Dental Assisting National Board’s Radiation Health and Safety examination today! They are x-ray certified.

    Five smiling female students hold up their X-ray certificates

    Pictured from left to right are Rachel Noll, Hannah Geesey, Michaela Blankenbiller, Alyssa Lash and Lexi Shuey.

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  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Theresa Moorhouse
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    CIP Code: 51.0601

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Emotionally mature

    Career Pathways

    Dental Assistant
    Circulating Assistant
    Dental Laboratory Technician Assistant
    Dental Hygienist
    Dental Assistant Instructor
    Certified Laboratory Technician
    Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
    Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator

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  • 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 a career as a dental assistant and also prepares students interested in attending a post-secondary institution to become a dental hygienist, expanded function dental assistant or a dentist.

    The curriculum covers an introduction to health care, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, ethical/legal responsibilities, anatomy and physiology related to dentistry, patient care and procedures, office procedures, dental pain and anxiety control, radiology, operative dentistry, dental materials, dental laboratory procedures, basics of 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, use digital imaging, and provide chairside assistance for the dentist. 

    Industry Certifications:

    NELDA (National Entry Level Dental Assistant)
    BLS Healthcare Provider
    Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) 
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $170*
    Vaccination - TBD

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the  testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


College Advanced Credits

DENTAL OCCUPATIONS First & Second Level Students