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    Dental Assisting Program

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    HTH E31 - Dental Assisting Program
    Dental assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under direct supervision of the dentist or dental hygienist. The dental assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing certain administrative support to the office. Dental assistants work in a variety of health care settings including dentist offices, hospitals and other similar facilities. With the national increase in health care related services and the national shortage of health care professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. The 60-hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – dental assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice.

    Career Outlook
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the dental field is expected to grow 19 percent from 2016-2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Additional reasons for expansion include the population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services.

    Salaries vary depending on experience, hours, and location. Median annual wage of dental assistants was $36,940 in May 2016.

    Educational Requirements

    Most employers prefer that dental assistants and aides have a high school diploma or equivalent. There are state and national examinations that test the competency of dental assistants and can lead to a certification. This course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a dental hygienist program.

    Dental Chairs

    Key areas and topics include:

     Administrative Aspects
       • The History of Dentistry and Dental Assisting
       • Introduction to the Dental Office
       • The Legal Aspects of Dentistry and Dental Assisting
       • Policies and Guidelines
    Clinical Aspects
       • Introduction to Oral Anatomy
       • Dental Operatory
       • Dental Equipment, Operation and Maintenance
       • Introduction to Tooth Structure
       • Primary and Permanent Teeth
       • The Oral Cavity and Related Structures
       • Proper Patient Positioning
       • Dental Hand-Pieces
       • Dental Anesthesia
       • Sterilization
       • Maintaining Sterility and Asepsis and Other Areas

     Spring 2018
    February 6 to May 1, 2018
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    6-9 p.m.
    On campus, H-building, Room H-126

    Tuition: $1,199* (Textbooks not included)
    * = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply.

    For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500, or email us.

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