Students who enroll in the Dental Occupations Program learn a variety of skills that will enable them to become a dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and/ or pursue a career as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA), or dentist. There is a focus on patientcentered care in support of improving oral health as a key to personal health and well-being. The major areas of study in this program include: dental radiology, oral pathology, chair-side dental assisting, anatomy and physiology, dental materials, sterilization, and dental office business procedures. Students will be introduced to Dental Anatomy, Dental Charting Systems, Infection Control Procedures, Dental Instruments and Procedures for General Dentistry, Chairside Assisting Techniques, and Radiology Basics. As students continue in this program, they receive more lectures on advanced dental anatomy, dental software programs, dental specialties, prep for certified dental assisting and radiology Board Exams.
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)
Median Wages for Related Occupations
- Dental Assistants $32,170
- Dental Hygienists $79,680
- Dental Lab technician $33,950
- Dentist, Other Specialist $97,200
College Credit Opportunities
- Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg, Westmoreland County Community College, Manor College, Harcum College and Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center.
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- Saint Francis University