• Dental Assisting Program
     
    Dental Assisting
    The Dental Assisting program is an exciting career path for the student who enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with people and has the desire to join the growing health and dental industries. Students are exposed to oral health care and services through practice in our state-of-the-art dental assisting lab, as well as clinical experiences at Central Massachusetts dental offices and clinics. Students also gain a deeper understanding of patient care by studying anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on head, neck, oral, and dental anatomy. In-depth preparation for Dental Assisting licensure is a natural launching pad for a well-paid career in the dental field.
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    Skills you will learn:
    • Dental laboratory procedures and techniques
    • Pre- and post-operative patient care and instruction
    • Management of medical and dental emergencies
    • Radiographic procedures and techniques
    • Infection control and sterilization
    • Dental business office procedures
    • Four-handed dentistry
    • Dental charting
     
     
    Hands-on Projects
    Watch Your Mouth: What better way to display your knowledge than to teach it to others! The Dental Assisting program partners with local middle schools to provide educational opportunities to learners of all ages. Our sophomores give informational presentations to middle school students within the community on dentistry-related topics such as good oral hygiene, the effects of tobacco, taking care of braces, and tooth whitening. The interactive presentations help our students learn new ways of speaking with patients and explaining care plans.

    Dental Office Shadow: “When will I ever use this after high school?” is an oft-heard question from students across the country. However, our students rarely utter such phrases because they are provided with opportunities to link classroom learning to work requirements. Through the six-week Dental Office Shadow program, our juniors practice their skills in real-life pediatric, orthodontic, and general dentistry practices under the supervision of dental assistants, dental hygienists, dentists, and instructors.
     
     
    College & Career Placement
    • Dental Hygiene, University of New England
    • Dental Hygiene, Quinsigamond Community College
    • Dental Hygiene, University of New Haven
    • Dental Assistant, Uxbridge Dental Center
    • Pediatric Dental Assistant, The Pediatric Dental Group



  • S E R V I C E   P A T H W A Y
    Dental Assisting

    INSTRUCTORS
    • Colleen Langin – Team Leader
    • Amy Fleisher
    • Pamela Donovan 


    CERTIFICATIONS
    • OSHA 10-hour Card: General Industry
    • Dental Assisting National Board
       Certification in Infection Control Exam
       (ICE) & Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
    • CPR
    • First Aid 


    TECHNICAL & PROFESSIONAL CAREERS
    DIRECT ENTRY INTO WORKFORCE
    • Dental assistant
    • Dental office receptionist
    • Insurance claims processor
    • Dental lab tech assistant

    Starting Salary: $41,000


    POST-SECONDARY CERTIFICATE/LICENSE
    • Dental product representative
    • Dental laboratory technician
    • X-ray technician
    • Dental office manager
    • Registered dental hygienist (AS)

    Starting Salary: $70,000


    UNIVERSITY DEGREE
    • Registered dental hygienist (BS)
    • Public health career
    • Financial coordinator
    • Entry into a dental graduate program

    Starting Salary: $85,000


    JOB GROWTH
    Employment in the dental assisting industry is projected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.


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