Dental Occupations

Dental Occupations

Location: East Campus (Oley)          Instructor: Theresa DeCarlo         CIP Code: 51.0601

The Dental Occupations program integrates lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences to teach students a variety of dental related subjects. The program provides leading edge training for a career as a dental assistant and also prepares students interested in attending a post-secondary institution to become a dental hygienist, expanded function dental assistant or a dentist.

The curriculum covers an introduction to health care, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, ethical/legal responsibilities, anatomy and physiology related to dentistry, patient care and procedures, office procedures, dental pain and anxiety control, radiology, operative dentistry, dental materials, dental laboratory procedures, basics of oral surgery, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

By completing this program, students are well prepared for their chosen careers. As dental assistants, they assist dentists during examination and treatment of patients. Students learn to prepare patients for treatment, sterilize instruments, prepare materials and make study models from impressions, expose and process x-ray film, use digital imaging, and provide chairside assistance for the dentist.

Industry Certifications:

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)
Infection Control Examination (ICE)
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS
BLS Healthcare Provider
Radiation Health & Safety (RHS)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

Uniforms

Required/Optional Items
Purchased through
APEX UNIFORM STORE

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

REQUIRED:
· Two Black V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo· Two Pairs Black Scrub Pants· One White Warm Up Jacket with BCTC Logo

· One Pair of White Zone Clogs

N/A White crew socks N/A

 

Textbooks

The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First & Second Year Students

Modern Dental Assisting – by Doni L. Bird CDA RDH MA and Debbie S. Robinson CDA MS; 13th Edition

ISBN #: 978-0323624855

 

Third Year Students

Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques – by Joen Iannucci DDS MS and Laura Jansen Howerton RDH MS; 5th Edition

ISBN #: 978-0-32329-742-4

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: White unisex zone clogs 1 pair Level 1 $27.00 APEX – BCTC Uniform Store

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Dental Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Emotionally mature

Career Pathways:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Circulating Assistant
  • Dental Laboratory Technician Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assistant Instructor
  • Dentist
  • Certified Laboratory Technician
  • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
  • Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator

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