The Dental Assistant Program is a three-year instructional program that prepares the student to perform as an integral member of a dental health care team.

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Successful completion of this course will enable the graduate to prepare dental patients for treatment; maintain the treatment area; identify, sterilize, and disinfect instruments; maintain Universal and Standard Precautions; and assist with dental procedures. In addition, students will expose, process, and mount dental radiographs and be prepared to take the Radiation Health and Safety component of the Dental Association National Board exam. Assisting chairside in a business office are both duties performed as coursework.

The student will also learn to record vital signs, recognize dental and medical emergencies, CPR certification is a part of the course. Recognizing the legal and ethical aspects of dentistry and providing education in the prevention of dental diseases is also included.

During their senior year, students will have the opportunity to work in the pediatric dental clinic located at the GACTC. This experience is an exciting time to put to work the knowledge and skills acquired in the course, to further develop classroom skills, and to serve the children of our community.

The Dental Assisting profession offers an opportunity to a recent high school graduate or an adult who wishes to change his or her career, and the GACTC Dental Assistant Program will be a solid first step. High school or adult, any student desiring to promote oral health, seeking a career in a fast-growing field, and having a background in science and math should consider the Dental Assistant Program.

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Read and write at or near grade level
  • Demonstrate mature physical interaction in close circumstances
  • Possess good hand-eye coordination
  • Have a neat appearance and good personal hygiene
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.

COLLEGE CREDIT

GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the  Dental Assistant program.

POSSIBLE INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS

  • BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Mandated Reporter – Act 31
  • OSHA 10
  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

Andrea Lascoli

Dental Assistant Teacher
814-505-1311
2nd Floor