The Dental Careers program allows students to prepare to enter into one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation. In this one-year program, students will obtain a Dental Career’s Certificate of completion when they finish and pass the course, which will enable them to obtain an entry-level position in a dental practice.
Using a hands-on approach along with dental theory, students will learn seating and positioning of patients, oral evaluation procedures, basic tray set-ups, passing of dental instruments, dental sterilization, taking, pouring, and trimming alginate impressions, coronal polishing procedures and radiology theory.
Students will receive training in First Aid and CPR as well. Students will also have the opportunity to become X-Ray certified through VCU or DANB RHS and able to take dental x-rays in Virginia.
· Oral anatomy and physiology
· Tooth morphology
· Infection control & sterilization
· Managing hazardous chemical and waste material
· Preventive dentistry
· Radiographic procedures and radiology theory
· Operative and laboratory procedures
· Seating/positioning of patients, tray set-ups
· Taking, pouring, and trimming alginate impressions
· Coronal polishing
· Ethics and law
Dental Careers I (Semester 1)
Dental Careers II (Semester 2)
GRADE 11, 12
Course Length: 1 year
Industry Credentials Offered
NOCTI—Dental Assisting Assessment
Dental Radiation & Safety Certificate
Options After HS
Dental Receptionist, Dental Assistant
Local Employers: Area dentist offices
Career Certificate/ Associate Degree (2 yr) program
Dental Hygienist (Virginia Western CC), Radiologic Technology (BRCC)
Medical Coding (BRCC)
Bachelor’s /Post Baccalaureate Degree (4 yr+) majors
Dentistry, Dental Surgery, Dental Hygienist, Pre– medical studies, Any health study
About the Instructor
I am excited to pass on my many years of dental experience to students! While the dental field has had many changes as many health career fields have it is still a great career.
I work with many area offices for shadowing and mentorship program and many offices contact me for their employment needs. I have been in the dental field since 1990, I have worked chair side as an assistant, I worked in the front office, and I have been a office manager.
Please contact me if you have questions about the program here at Valley Tech or the career path in general.