Instructors: Stacie Holmes C.D.A and Peggy Reilly-O’Brien, R.D.H., B.S., M.A., Licensed Academic Instructor at CCT;
Dates: November 2020 – May 2021 (dates to be announced)
Cost: $3,500.00, includes CPR certification. Certification exam fees, all costs incurred to comply with immunization requirements not included.
The Dental Assisting Preparation program will provide students with the theoretical knowledge they need to become a Massachusetts licensed Dental Assistant, as well as practical, hands-on training. It includes a course on Infection Control in the Dental Office and Radiology theory and lab. By the conclusion of the course, a student will have the skills necessary to take the Dental Assisting National Board exams in Infection Control and Radiology.
Educational hours from the Dental Assistant Program may be used to partially satisfy the time requirements for the General Chairside exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Session 1: Infection Control in the Dental Office
Dates: November 2020 – February 2021 (dates to be announced)
Number of weeks: 14
Upon successful completion of this course students will be well prepared for the DANB/ICE exam.Topics covered include standard universal precautions and the prevention of disease transmission, Occupational safety (OSHA) standards, medical records,introduction to infectious/communicable diseases, diseases of major concern to dentistry, breaking the cycle of infection in the dental environment and CDC Guidelines for Dentistry.
Session 2: Dental Radiology
Dates: March 2020 – June 2021 (dates to be announced)
Number of hours: 100 hours of classroom instruction and laboratory
The Dental Radiology course is intended to prepare the dental assistant to take the Radiology Health and Safety Examination sponsored by the Dental Assisting National Board. If they successfully pass this exam, they are recognized as certified nationally.
The course covers all aspects of radiology including radiology physics, radiology safety, principles of film based and digital radiography both in and out of the oral cavity, infection control for the dental radiographer, quality assurance in radiology, and radiographic interpretation. Academic and clinical components are included in the course. National Board Testing fee for Radiation Health and Safety Exam is not included in the cost of course.