• Science & Health Career Pathway

    DENTAL OCCUPATIONS

    Teacher: Lisa Viviano

    CIP Code: 51.0601
     
      
     

    This program will prepare students to function as an integral member of a dental health team by developing the skills necessary for an entry-level position as a Dental Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Dental Laboratory Technician, or Dental Receptionist.  The core curriculum will include instruction in dental terminology, dental radiology, infection control, oral pathology, chairside dental assisting, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and OSHA regulations. Dental Science instruction will include content in dental materials, dental radiology, oral anatomy and pathology, and therapeutics. Clinical Science instruction will emphasize principles of office management, chairside assisting, sterilization procedures, dental emergencies, and legal and ethical aspects of dental practice. Clinical education is also an integral part of the program, designed to perfect students’ competence in performing dental assisting functions. Proficiency in job-related skills is obtained through lecture and hands-on experience in the lab or clinical setting. Students will also gain practical experience through the Middle Bucks Dental Clinic, which allows students to work alongside a dentist as dental services are provided to members of the community. This program provides an excellent foundation of technical knowledge for college and/or direct employment.

     

     
Career Pathway Wheel for Dental Occupations
  • AVAILABLE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

    Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

    DANB Infection Control

    DANB National Entry Level Dental Assistant

    DANB Radiation Health and Safety 

     


    COLLEGE ADVANCED CREDITS

    Bucks County Community College

    Pennsylvania College of Technology

     


    PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS

    Effective written and oral communication skills

    Finger dexterity

    Hand-eye coordination

    Mathematics fundamentals

    Near vision

    Read and interpret technical material at grade level