Dental Assisting

  • Program Description

    Bristol-Plymouth’s Dental Assisting Program will prepare you for a rewarding career in which you will play instrumental roles in a dental office. You will develop specialized skills by taking advantage of the latest technology and training techniques using digital dental radiography and the latest in dental operatories and laboratory equipment. Dental assistants provide ongoing services on behalf of both patients and dentists, ensuring plentiful career opportunities in this dynamic field. This program will prepare you for certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) in both Infection Control and Radiation Health and Safety. CPR certification and an OSHA 10-hour general industry safety and health training course will also be completed. Graduating from Bristol-Plymouth’s Dental Assisting Program immediately opens the door to amazing career opportunities.

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  • Instructed Areas

    • Dental Infection Control
    • Dental/Medical Terminology
    • Four-Handed Dentistry
    • Dental Laboratory Techniques
    • Dental Specialties Assisting
    • Dental Business Office Procedures
    • Radiographic Techniques
    • Emergency Procedures
    • OSHA/CDC Guidelines

    Program of Study

    Freshman Year: Dental terminology, introduction to dentistry and dental assisting, tooth identification, nutrition and oral health care, fluoride treatments, sterilization and disinfection, instrument transfer, moisture control, dental charting, vital signs.

    Sophomore Year: Taking alginate impressions, pouring and trimming plaster models, coronal polishing, dental dam placement, assisting with restorations, advanced infection control, microbiology, head and neck anatomy, body systems, business office procedures, OSHA 10-hour Certification, DANB Infection Control Exam.

    Junior Year: Head and neck anatomy, dental and medical emergencies, CPR Certification, assisting within dental specialties fabrication of athletic mouthguards and bleaching trays, internships in local dental facilities, pharmacology, management of pain and anxiety, administrative office procedures, dental radiography, DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam.

    Senior Year: Review of dental assisting practices, internships in local dental facilities, cooperative education for qualified students

    Career Opportunities

    • Dental Assistant
    • Certified Dental Assistant
    • Orthodontic Assistant
    • Dental Office Receptionist
    • Insurance Claims Processor
    • Dental Laboratory Technician
    • Dental Sales Representative
    • Dental Office Management

    With Continued Education:

    • Hygienist
    • Dentist

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