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WHAT IS THE DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM WITH AN CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP, AND WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The 60-hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest-growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics – Administrative Aspects include the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines. Clinical Aspects include an introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.

National Certification: This program meets the necessary requirements to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiology Health and Safety (RHS) Examination.

NWCA National Certification: This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Dental Assisting (DACC) exam.

Clinical Externship: As part of this Dental Assisting program, you will be eligible to participate in a 40 hour clinical externship.

What jobs
can I get?

Some dental assistants are specially trained to take x-rays of teeth and the surrounding areas. They place a protective apron over patients’ chest and lap, position the x-ray machine, place the x-ray sensor or film in patients’ mouths, and take the x-rays. Afterward, dental assistants ensure that the images are clear.

Assistants who perform lab tasks, such as taking impressions of a patient’s teeth, work under the direction of a dentist. They may prepare materials for dental impressions or temporary crowns.

What type of work
do the jobs consist of?

Dental assistants often spend much of their day working closely with patients and dentists. For example, dental assistants might take a patient’s medical history, blood pressure, and pulse before a procedure; explain what will be done, and talk to patients about oral care. They help dentists during a procedure by passing instruments and holding equipment such as suction hoses, matrix bands, and dental curing lights. Other tasks include preparing the treatment room and making sure that instruments and equipment are sterile. Dental assistants also may document the procedure that is done and schedule follow-up appointments.

What’s the career
growth potential?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing dentists to work more efficiently. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed.

Dental Assisting Schedule

Class Schedule

Dental Assisting Application

Program Application

For more information, please contact:

Leigh Shiver – Director of Workforce and Adult Education
Phone: 334-347-2623 x2209
Email: lshiver@escc.edu

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