Dental Careers

Course Instructor

Dental Careers 1

  • Course # 832827 – Grades:  11, 12 – Credits:  Two

Dental Careers 2

  • Course # 832927 – Grades:  12 – Credits:  Two
    • Prerequisite:  Dental Careers 1 Course # 832827

The two-year Dental Careers Program introduces students to careers in the dental health field. The program’s academic content includes general health occupations topics as well as a general overview of specific dental topics. In addition, level two students learn the clinical skills necessary to perform as a dental assistant. The skills are practiced in a simulated office setting.  Second-year students have the opportunity to receive certification in dental radiology safety and may participate in a paid dental assistant internship with a contingency to hire. 

The rigorous Dental Careers curriculum includes dental radiology, head and neck anatomy, infection control, instrumentation, oral health education, tooth numbering and charting, front desk. Students work on state of the art equipment, and the most current technology and front desk software used in progressive dental offices nationwide. 

Students are introduced to all careers within the dental field:  dental assistant, dental hygienist, dental insurance, dental lab technician, dental office manager, dental receptionist, dental sales, and dentist. Students also gain exposure to dental specialties of oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. Professionals from a variety of these career fields come to the classroom to speak and welcome students to their private practice to job shadow during office management, patient care, dental and surgical procedures. 

Beyond classroom instruction, students become members of the professional organization Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA).

Students are also given opportunities to participate in community health events gaining experience and earning volunteer hours. Each year a variety of health fairs are conducted with the local Head Start Program, Middle School students, Special Education young adult program, and local retirement communities. Students volunteer each year at Mission of Mercy (MOMS).

Level II students work and manage a mouth guard business providing local high school athletics with personalized mouth guards. The proceeds from the business help fund the Dental Careers Program.

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