Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants are one of the first professionals that patients see when they visit the dentist.  This multitasked profession allows dental assistants to be part of a variety of procedures. This profession can also be used as a platform to other dental professions such as dental hygiene, dentistry, orthodontics, dental product sales, etc.  Employment of dental assistants and dental hygienists are projected to grow 10-19 percent in the next 10 years – much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Description

In the Dental Assisting program students will learn dental terminology, oral anatomy and physiology, dental radiography, sterilization, impressions, and laboratory procedures, as well as how to assist in dental procedures. This program also gives students adult, child, and infant CPR certifications. The class is a combination of bookwork, academic topics, and hands-on laboratory skills. There are paid co-op placement opportunities available along with On-The-Job-Training in local dentist offices.  This program focuses on the importance of teamwork in the classroom and reflects the true workings of a dental office. The state of the art facility allows students to stay up-to-date on current trends in dentistry.

To Be Successful

Successful students in this program usually have a strong science background, access to the internet, solid computer skills, compassion for others and the ability to think critically and prioritize. Students must be current with Hepatitis B before going on clinicals.

Student Organization

HOSA

Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Specialized dentistry (such as orthodontist or an oral surgeon)
  • Laboratory technician
  • Dental receptionist

High School Credit*

*Only your local high school can award academic credit. See your counselor for more information.

  • 1.0 3rd Science
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience

College Credit Opportunities*

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Owen’s Community College

Certification Opportunities

American Heart Association adult, child, and infant First Aid and CPR

Instructor

Angela Pilbeam brings 22 years of experience as a dental hygienist to the classroom. This Tecumseh High School graduate received her start as a student in the LISD TECH Center Dental Aide program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University.  Mrs. Pilbeam is an LISD Teacher Excellence Award recipient and is a board member for HOSA, Jackson College Dental Hygiene program, and HEOM (Health Educators of Michigan).

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