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 http://www.hosa.org/ 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.