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Dental Assisting

Overview
Francis Tuttle's Dental Assisting program prepares students to become members of the dental health care team. Assistants greatly enhance the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care and perform a wide range of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. The Dental Assisting curriculum includes academic, laboratory, and clinical courses to prepare students to work in this rapidly changing field.
Dental assistants provide instrument transfer during dental treatment; take radiographs (x-rays); and prepare dental materials, casts, and impressions. They also provide patient instruction in dental health care, maintain patient records, and sterilize dental instruments.
Majors
Dental Assisting1,056 hours
Who Can Attend
Adults
Employment Opportunities
Private Dental Offices, Dental Clinics, Dental Sales, Consulting, Dental Schools, Dental Insurance, Research, Public Health/Government
Occupational Characteristics
Steady physical activity is required and may consist of walking, standing, and assisting in moving patients and/or equipment. Dental assistants are occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds of supplies. Conditions are often stressful when dealing with patient care and there is occasional to frequent exposure to communicable disease requiring the use of personal protective equipment in some circumstances. Work is indoors with a low to moderate noise level and possible exposure to chemicals and radiation. It is a fast-paced environment, both physically and mentally.
For Success in this Career You Should Have
Ability to communicate in a professional manner and to establish rapport with patients and colleagues, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to do detailed work with hands and eyes, adequate math and reading skills, moderate computer skills, ability to work independently and as a team member, ability to multi-task, strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, time management skills, willingness to adapt to new technologies and methods for performing work
Location(s) and Times
LOCATION
Rockwell Campus, Campus Center Building, Health Science Center
TIMES
Full-time students will attend 10 months (August through May). Students attend 6 hours per day, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, for theory and laboratory classes.
Clinical days will average 8 hours per day (approx. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday); hours may vary depending upon the clinical site.
 
 

Contact Info

Main Number
405.717.7799
7:30am - 8:30pm

Enrollment
405.717.4900

Attendance Numbers
Portland - 405.717.4304
Reno - 405.717.4646
Rockwell - 405.717.4206

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