This program is a class-based instructional course, held in a working dental office with a lecture area as well as operatory treatment rooms for hands-on instructions in addition to a Laboratory and sterilization rooms. Each program will last 12 weeks, and will consist of a total of 96 hours of classrooms and laboratory/clinical instructions. Evening classes are held Monday-Thursday and day classes are held on Fridays, thus allowing the students to hold a full time job while attending the dental assisting program. Additional study time and take home assignments will be included too. During the program, students will observe and practice on various dental procedures as part of the course requirements. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion after completing the 96 hours of classes and laboratory/clinical sessions, in addition to a minimum of 120 hours of externship.
The graduate will be able to assist a general dentist chair side, including passing instruments, taking diagnostically-acceptable radiographs, fabricating and placing provisional coverage, sterilizing instruments and disinfecting the treatment rooms.
Students in this Program need to be 18 years of age or older. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required to enroll in the dental assisting program. Once these requirements are met, an interview will be conducted with the student to tour the school facilities and fill all the necessary paperwork.
Enrollment can take place up until the first day of class, depending on availability. After the first day of class, new students are only enrolled for the following session.