Department: Career and Technical Education
School of: Health and Biosciences
Instructor: Rhonda Goodchild
CIP Code: 51.0601
Students who enroll in the Dental Technology Program learn a variety of skills that will enable them to become a dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and/or pursue a career as a dental hygienist, EFDA, or dentist. The dental assisting program focuses on patient-centered care in support of improving oral health as a key to personal health and well-being. The major areas of study in the course include: dental radiology, oral pathology, chair-side dental assisting, anatomy and physiology, dental materials, sterilization, and dental office business procedures. The dental assistant works directly with the dentist, performing a variety of tasks from helping the dentist examine and treat patients to completing laboratory and office work.
Industry Certifications a Student May Earn
- OSHA-Bloodborne Pathogens
- Prepare to obtain State Radiology Certification
- Prepare to obtain Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification *
(* This program is not accredited by CODA. Graduates will need to work 3500 hours before they are eligible to sit for the exam)
with professional degrees: masters, doctorate
- Oral Surgeon
with 2 year college degrees or certificate
- Dental Hygienist
- Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
- Dental Laboratory Technician
- Dental Assistant
College Credit Opportunities
- Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg, Westmoreland County Community College, Manor College, Harcum College and Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center.
- Visit CollegeTransfer.net for more information.
- Saint Francis University