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:
Michelle Sugden is a Registered Dental Assistant. She worked as a Chairside Dental Assistant from 1985 until 1996. In 1996 Mrs. Sugden began teaching for SVCTE. She enjoys her students and builds close bonds with them as she shares her vast knowledge and experience.
Gina Fleming 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 a SVCTE alumnus.