Belmont Instructor
Deborah Hawthorne

( 11th Grade - 12th Grade )

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Personal Services Classes

Dental Assisting

Students learn to become a member of the dental health team. Responsibilities include preventive dentistry, dental materials, terminology, lab skills, x-rays, medical emergencies, chair side techniques and so much more.

Junior students will learn the basics needed to become a dental assistant. Senior students will expand their knowledge by observing and working with dentists two days a week on field training. Both juniors and seniors, through a certified Red Cross instructor, become certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.

Upon completion of the program, students can find employment as an assistant in a dental office, work in a dental lab, dental sales company representative, insurance company, military or special offices, such as orthodontist, endodontist, etc. Students may also further their education in expanded function dental assistant, dental hygiene or dentistry.

Skills Learned:
- Sterilizing techniques
- Dental x-ray processing
- First aid and CPR
- Nutrition and preventive dentristry
- Appointments, scheduling, billing and filing

Employment Opportunities:
- Chair side dental assistant
- Dental office assistant
- Dental receptionist
- Dental lab assistant
- Dental supply company