Health Science Cluster
Program of Study: Dental Assisting & Pharmacy Technician
8092V Dental Assisting-Practicum in Health Science (two credits) Grade: 12
Prerequisites: Principles of Health Science and Health Science Theory
Learn to sterilize instruments, operate suction devices, process X-rays and make impressions for dental fixtures. Administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, patient records and ordering supplies are also incorporated. Students are prepared for the Registered Dental Assistant Exam at the end of the school year.
Why take Dental Assisting and what type of experience will students gain?
If you are considering a career in the dental field as a hygienist or a dentist, this course is a great starting point. Dental Assisting lays a foundation of language, anatomy, and procedures that will be used in all dental career paths. Hands on experience includes practicing the skills you learn in our state of the art dental lab with 3 industry level, fully functional dental chairs. Our students will learn how to operate suctioning equipment, how to take full sets of X-rays, create bleach trays, and learn how to properly sterilize lab equipment among many other skills.
What types of jobs can you do in the Dental field?
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Assistant
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Can you earn a certification while taking Dental Assisting at MCTC?
Yes. During this course you will be prepared to take the Registered Dental Assistant exam, which is an entry level certification within the dental industry. Students test in March but will not be able to register with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners until proof of high school graduation is shown. You will also have the opportunity to test for the Nomad certification, which certifies students to take full sets of X-rays on patients. Prior to approval by the state board you will have to submit a background check and be fingerprinted. All students are also BLS/CPR certified during the first semester of the school year.
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