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Dental Assisting

A Dental Assisting student reviews teeth x-rays on a computer monitor in an exam room
A Dental Assisting instructor compares dental drill bits while a student watches
A Dental Assisting student holds up a teeth cast and another student whose teeth were cast sits in a dental exam chair
A Dental Assisting Program instructor teaches in front of a room of students
A Dental Assisting student practices on a set of practice teeth
Four Dental Assisting students stand in pink scrubs holding dental equipment while another student sits in an exam chair
The Dental Assisting Program will equip you with a comprehensive skill set and hands-on experience that will serve you well in your future career in the dental industry.

The Dental Assisting Program teaches students to work with patients and a team of other health professionals to deliver quality dental care. Students learn general dental assisting skills, including patient interaction, preparing dental restorative materials, identifying and using dental instruments as well as dental terminology. The cutting edge lab is designed with equipment where students can put chair-side theory to practice. 

Job shadowing is included to gain exposure to working in dental offices.

Two Dental Assisting program students practice spreading materials

Career Opportunities:

  • Chairside Assistant
  • Licensed Dental Radiographer
  • Office Manager/ Receptionist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Lab Technician
  • Dental Sales and Marketing
  • Dentist

*Some careers noted require additional education

A Dental Assisting student practices on a set of practice teeth

Skills Gained:

  • Direct Patient Care/ Relationship Building 
  • Patient Education in Preventive Dental Care
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Anatomy
  • Oral/ Systemic Health Connection
  • Dental Radiology
  • General Dentistry Clinical Skills
  • Specialty Dental Practice Skills
  • Dental Lab Procedures
  • Infection Control and Sterilization 
  • Dental Insurance Claims Processing
  • Treatment Planning and Presentation
  • Appointment Coordinating and Front Office Management
  • Dental Office Management

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HOSA - Future Health Professionals

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to affiliate and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

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