• Dental Assisting

    Dental Assisting Exploratory
    This week long course introduces students to the dental assisting profession. Students are exposed to various principles of clinical, laboratory, and clerical dental assisting. This program allows students to determine whether their abilities and interests are compatible with this technical area. During this course, students explore the many career opportunities in the dental field. Shop safety and program orientation is provided.

    Dental Assisting 9th Grade Shop

    When students enter permanent placement in the Dental Assisting program, the course of study provides an orientation to the dental facility. Safety is of the utmost concern and is stressed and practiced during every year of the dental assisting program. Students receive certification from Careersafe, an online 10 hour safety course. The goal of the Careersafe program is to teach younger workers how to stay safe in the workplace. Students are introduced to infection control, dental morphology, tooth numbering systems and identification. In addition, basic chairside, laboratory and clerical procedures are taught, with an emphasis on preventative dentistry, oral hygiene instruction, nutritional counseling, and interpersonal communications. Students travel to elementary schools, daycare facilities, and geriatric facilities to teach dental health education. Certification in adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid is attained.

    Dental Assisting 9th Grade Related

    The Dental Assisting related theory instruction is intended to complement the vocational instruction and laboratory projects taught during the freshman year. The course of study provides additional instruction in the areas of dental history, the dental team, industry based professional organizations, dental specialties, communication, and administrative practices. Instruments, equipment, procedures and Dentrix software are introduced.

    Dental Assisting 10th Grade Shop

    Students review and expand upon materials previously studied. Areas of study include an introduction to dental charting, preparation for patient care, mouth guard fabrication, patient education, and dental office management. Students also receive instruction in maintaining patient records, dental instrumentation, chair-side techniques, and responding to client needs. Students travel to elementary schools, daycare facilities and geriatric facilities to teach dental health education. Qualified students receive Infection Control Certification from the Dental Assisting National Board. Certification in adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid is attained

    Dental Assisting 10th Grade Related

    The Dental Assisting related theory instruction is intended to complement the vocational instruction and laboratory projects taught during the sophomore year in the Dental Assisting program. Topics taught during freshman year will be built upon. In order to prepare for The Dental Assisting National Board Infection Control Certification, infection control and health and safety practices will be a large part of this year’s related instruction. Students receive instruction in the areas of microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and management of hazardous materials. Reading, writing, and scientific research assignments related to infectious diseases are integrated in this course.

    Dental Assisting 11th Grade Shop

    Students review and expand upon materials previously studied. Topics of study include dental materials, chair-side procedures, clinical records, advanced dental laboratory procedures, dental anesthesia, and four-handed dentistry techniques. Students receive instruction in the areas of application of dental materials, restorative procedures, prosthodontic procedures, laboratory procedures, preventative measures, oral surgery, and healthcare office management procedures. Students are taught the skills necessary for externship and employment. Certification in adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid is attained.

    Dental Assisting 11th Grade Related

    The Dental Assisting related theory instruction is intended to complement the vocational instruction and laboratory projects taught during the junior year in the Dental Assisting program. Head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, management of pain and anxiety, ethics and jurisprudence and employability are taught.

    Dental Assisting 12th Grade Shop

    During this year considerable instruction in the production of traditional as well as digital dental radiographs is given. Components of the dental x-ray unit, digital sensors, safety precautions, film identification, film placement using both bisecting and paralleling techniques, and film processing and mounting are all studied. Qualified students receive radiology certification from the Dental Assisting National Board. Qualified seniors participating in the cooperative education program gain industry experience in paid positions off-campus. To participate in the cooperative program, students must meet all co-op requirements and be in good academic and vocational standing. Students may participate in a clinical affiliation with both specialty and general practice dental offices. Students receive continued instruction in the areas of dental science and business office procedures. Certification in adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid is attained.

    Dental Assisting 12th Grade Related

    The Dental Assisting related theory instruction is intended to complement the vocational instruction and laboratory projects taught during the senior year in the Dental Assisting program. Students review and expand upon materials previously studied. Program topics include radiation health and safety, dental specialties and oral pathology. To prepare for the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Certification, all aspects of dental radiography is a large part of the senior year related instruction.