• Dental Assisting

    Preparation and internship for students who aspire to be dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dentists. Acquire chair-side assisting skills, laboratory, and x-ray capabilities. Qualified students may earn state certification in radiation safety and infection control. Dental Assisting is in demand and is one fast-growing profession, there are many dental pathways. There is a demand for Dental Assistants, both at entry-level and as skills and experience advance. Assistants progress in the occupation becoming a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function (RDAEF), Orthodontic Assistant (OA), Dental Sedation Assistant (DSA), Hygienist, Lab Technician, a Dentist and even possibly a Teacher. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

    • How to take impressions
    • How to take, process, and mount both standard and digital x-rays
    • How to pour and trim study models
    • How to seat patients and set up treatment trays
    • How to sterilize instruments to OSHA standards
    • How to interact with other students and work in teams
    • How to work with a dentist, utilizing four-handed dentistry techniques
    • How to assemble bleaching trays
    • Employability skills and resume writing
    • SkillsUSA membership and competition opportunities

    Class Benefits

    • 30 high school credits earned per year
    • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

    Earned Outside of (Following) the Class

    • CPR
    • Dental Practice Act
    • Coronal Polishing
    • Pit & Fissure
    • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
    • Registered Dental Assistant Expanded Function (RDAEF)
    • Dental Hygienist (RDH)
    • Orthodontic Assistant (OA)
    • Dental Sedation Assistant (DSA)
    • Dentist
    • Dental Laboratory Technician

    Certifications Earned Within the Class

    • Class completion certificate
    • California State Radiation Safety Certificate
    • California State Infection Control Certificate
    • CPR

    Job Opportunities Upon Completion

    • Dental Assistant
    • Front Office
    • Billing
    • Treatment Coordinator
    • Dental Sales
    • Sterilization Tech

    About the Instructors

    The Dental Assisting program is taught by Suzie Dault and Gina Fleming. Gina is a Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function. She worked as an RDAEF for over 20 years. She has been teaching Dental Assisting at SVCTE since 2001 and is an SVCTE alumnus.

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