Students will learn how to aid the dentist and dental hygienists in patient care. This program provides the techniques needed for every aspect of assisting in a dental office to include taking x-rays and scheduling appointments. Instruction provided will articulate toward training required to obtain a Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) certification. Students also receive the same general instruction as other Health Academy Programs including: Office Procedures, Health Care Communications, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, Infection Control, Health Care Law, Human Wellness and Disease, First Aide, CPR, Safety and Medical Emergency.

Technical Skills:

Introduction to dental assisting • Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology • Dental laboratory procedures, including taking impressions, sterilizing, and making whitening trays • Radiology (x-rays) • Periodontics and Prosthodontics

Professional Skills:

Professionalism • Communication • Leadership • Teamwork • Time Management

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Dental Assistant • Administrative Medical/ Dental Assistant • Patient Support Associate • Dental Hygienist • Medical Occupations • EFDA Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

What Certifications can I earn?

CPR and AED Training • OSHA for Healthcare • CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) – Must have a high school diploma, CPR certification, and 3500 hours of work experience • Radiology Certification – can be earned through the state of PA once course is completed.

What College Credits can I earn?

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Program Requirements and Expectations:

The following proficiencies are recommended:
Effective oral and written communication • Critical thinking and problem solving • Self-motivation • Ability to access and analyze information• Basic computer skills using Microsoft and PowerPoint • Detail-oriented • Effective listening • Strong work ethic

Uniform Requirements:

Professional Attire:
Gray scrubs (shirt and pants), gray lab/work coat, and leather skid-resistant shoes. (Not available from the school store).

Teacher Directed Semi-Professional Attire (For select Fridays and Special Activities):
CareerTech blue or gray t-shirt, sweatshirt, zip fleece, or charcoal embroidered ¼ zip sweatshirt (special order). These uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.

Jeans without holes and program approved shoes.

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Lab Kit – Approximately $80 – $100

Student Organizations?

Students may join the HOSA (Health Occupations of America) student organization. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition to students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. Visit for more information.

What else should I know?

The Dental Assisting program not only teaches you the many skills required to become a dental assistant, but also helps students become well-rounded.

Chelsea Miller

Ms. Miller started her career by working in a dental office during her cooperative education experience as a senior in high school. She continued working as a dental assistant throughout college until she earned her Dental Hygiene Degree and License. She attended Pennsylvania College of Technology and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration with a concentration in Dental Hygiene.