“Dental Assisting is a great career with many opportunities, a set schedule, good working hours, and the satisfaction of helping people. It is a profession worth looking at!”
- Mrs. Johnson
- Gain hands-on experience performing dental assisting procedures
- Obtain entry-level skills to be able to work in a dentist's office
- Gain knowledge to become a Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA)
- Potential to earn college credits and a Tech Prep Scholarship from Sinclair Community College
The Dental Assistant program prepares students to assist the dentist with chair-side procedures such as fillings and crown preparations. The junior year students learn the background knowledge to assist in general dentistry. The senior year students learn all the specialty areas of assisting and radiography. Second semester of the senior year, students have the opportunity to work in local dental and specialty offices. In order for students to be successful in this program, they must like to work with people and be good with fine motor skills. There are many job opportunities in dental assisting. Local employers are eager to hire and are looking for dental assistants with positive attitudes and excellent attendance.
In the Dental Assistant program, students learn general dental assisting, which includes human behavior and dental terminology. Students also spend lab hours practicing chair-side, infection control, and basic laboratory skills. Job shadowing is a requirement to gain some "first hand" exposure to local dental offices. Some lab time is devoted to preparation and participation in the youth organization, SkillsUSA.
During the senior year, students study the specialty areas of dentistry and practice assisting skills applied to the specialties. The students take a "mock state board" in preparation for the Ohio Certification for Dental Assistants test.
The students who complete the Dental Assistant program work as dental assistants in general dental offices and specialty offices. They may work as Administrative Assistants, become Certified Dental Assistants, or obtain their x-ray license. Some students pursue higher education and become EFDA (expanded functions dental assistants) or dental hygienists.
For more information on this career field, check out the links below:Dental Assistant CTCtube VideoOccupational Outlook Handbook - Dental Assistants 31% Job GrowthOccupational Outlook Handbook - Dental Hygienists 38% Job Growth