• Health Science Career Cluster

    DENTAL OCCUPATIONS

    Teacher: Lisa Viviano

    CIP Code: 51.0601
     
     
     
    Middle Bucks Dental Clinic
    Third year students in the Dental Occupations program have the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to assist licensed dental professionals through our dental clinic.  The clinic serves non-insured and/or economically disadvantaged individuals.  Patients are 18 years or older.

     
     
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    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.

     

     

    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

     

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS/ESTIMATED COSTS

    Activity fees (approximately $25)

    Appropriate uniform attire (approximately $75)

    DANB RHS Exam Fees (approximately $225)

    Physical examination, including Hepatitis B and Tuberculin Skin Test (at student’s expense)

    Workbooks (approximately $75)

     
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