The Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion Program
has been granted full accreditation by the American Dental Association. This program prepares students for entry-level employment within the Dental Industry. Students are taught chair-side dental assisting through lecture, hands-on experience and 275 hours of externship.
Classes are conducted in a state-of-the-art dental environment located at SVI, with dental services available on Wednesday and Thursday. Certified SVI instructors conduct classes and a licensed dentist lectures and demonstrates patient procedures.
Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical procedures, and specialty dental courses that prepare the student for employment following completion of the program.
By the end of the course of study in the Dental Assistant Program
students should be able to:
- Function as a clinical dental assistant with expanded duties in all of the following - dental specialties, dental laboratory procedures, digital radiology, sterilization techniques, nutritional counseling and preventive procedures.
- Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, peers and members of the dental health team.
- Possess proficiency in dental front office skills including patient in-take, scheduling, insurance and financial procedures and general office computer skills including email, spreadsheets, word processing and dental office specialty software applications used for billing and scheduling.
- Engage in lifelong involvement in the community in the promotion of dental health through the profession of Dental Assisting.
- Possess the necessary skills to pass the Dental Assistant National Board Exam.
- Demonstrate knowledge of job readiness with resume building, interviewing skills, and complete competency in all basic dental assisting skills by successfully completing an externship.