Dental Assisting

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Health and Human Services/Public Services Academy

Program Description

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This challenging career, demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibilities for many diverse tasks, is attractive to students who are strong in science and want to work with people. It includes a variety of learning experiences that incorporate essential worker traits into the curriculum. The curriculum sequence presents theory first then guided practical applications. Externship and field placements provide practical experience and on-the-job-training in dental offices. These practical experiences are vital in developing a sense of initiative and responsibility and are a required component of the curriculum.

Curriculum Components

  • Professional Orientation
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology and Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Dental Practice Management
  • Pre-Clinical
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Radiology
  • Clinical Seminar
  • Guest lectures by dental professionals CPR/AED Certification

Dual Enrollment

Every academically eligible student has the opportunity to take a college course at area colleges including Champlain College, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Vermont Technical College (VTC), and University of Vermont (UVM).  If eligible, the course is offered at no charge or at a significantly reduced fee.

High School Credits

One math, one science, plus five elective credits.

Career Experiences/Professional Certifications Credentials Available

Upon successful completion of this program, students earn certification in CPR/AED. They also attain professional endorsement in Vermont for taking dental radiographs. Qualifying graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become Certified Dental Assistants.  Students interested in pursuing a career in a related field may seek employment as a dental assistant or enroll in a course of study to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Some students continue their education and pursue a career in dental hygiene or dentistry.

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to demonstrate acceptable attitudes of pride, enthusiasm, exemplary work ethic, responsibility, respect for patient confidentiality, and recognition of their importance as a member of the dental health team. Dental Assisting students must be aware that safety and infection control is of the utmost importance. While enrolled in the program students, will have the potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and ionizing radiation in pre-clinical and clinical situations. The students are required to show documentation of HBV immunization and required to wear dosimetry badges while exposing radiographs.