• Dental Occupations

    Department: Career and Technical Education
    Campus: Aston
    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
    • CPR/AED
    • 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)

    Career Opportunities

    with professional degrees: masters, doctorate

    • Dentist
    • Orthodontist
    • Oral Surgeon

    with 2 year college degrees or certificate

    • Dental Hygienist
    • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
    • Dental Laboratory Technician

    with certifications

    • Dental Assistant

    College Credit Opportunities

    SOAR Credits

    • 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.

    Articulation Agreements

    • Saint Francis University