Dental Careers

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Course Description

For Students

What we do in class:

  • Field Trips 
  • Project-Based Learning
  •  OSHA, HIPAA for Dental
  •  Four-handed Dentistry
  •  Office Operations
  •  Sterilizing Equipment
  •  Lab Work: Impressions, Bleaching Trays, and more…

You will also have the opportunity to be involved with our Health Science Student Organization (HOSA), where you will learn about leadership, competitive events, and much more!

For Parents

5203 Dental Careers I prepares the student for an entry level dental assisting position. Emphasis is placed on the clinical environment, chair-side assisting, equipment/instrument identification, tray set-ups, sterilization, and characteristics of microorganisms and disease control. In addition, oral, head and neck anatomy, basic embryology, histology, tooth morphology, charting dental surfaces, and illness are all introduced. Simulated inschool laboratories and/or extended laboratory experiences are also included to provide opportunities for students to further develop clinical skills and the appropriate ethical behavior. Leadership skills are developed and community service provided through HOSA. Students have the opportunity to compete in a number of competitive events at both the state and national level.

5204 Dental Careers II is a course designed to provide the dental assisting student with specific knowledge of the administrative planning, book-keeping, recall programs, banking, tax records, computer software, insurance, office practice and management as related to the dental office. In addition, students will practice Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics. Opportunity for increased skill development in clinical support and business office procedures is routinely provided. The importance of the clinical behavior of materials and biological factors are also stressed. Leadership skills are developed and community service provided through HOSA. Students have the opportunity to compete in a number of competitive events at both the state and national level.

Pathway

Certifications

  • CPR, AED/First Aid
  • OSHA
  • HIPAA
  • Blood borne Pathogens

Dual Credit Institution

ivytech

Dual Credit Courses

DENT 115 Preclinical Practice I
DENT 124 Preventive Dentistry/Diet and Nutrition

Potential Careers/Salary

Dental Assistant - $33,470 per year
Dental Hygienist - $66,840 per year
Dentist - $137,470 per year 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh