Dental Assisting

  • Students practice their dentistry on a dummy.

  • This course is supports
    New York State CDOS Credential Requirements

    Students will learn the skills needed to assist in all phases of dentistry, from taking X-rays to four-handed chairside assisting, and will have the opportunity to complete a clinical rotation and assist in actual dental procedures. Through hands-on experience, students will develop skills as receptionists, office managers, chairside assistants and the use of personal computers for patient records, billing and correspondence. Students will have the opportunity to work with new technology in digital radiography.

    Field Trips:

    • Lunch and Learn at a Dental Lab
    • Greater New York Dental Meeting
    • Farmingdale College (Hygiene Program) 
    Community Service Hours:
    • “Give Kids a Smile” Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY
  • Students Will Learn
    Potential Dental Assistants will learn the essential clinical skils that include:
    • Assisting in dental procedures
    • Handling dental/medical emergencies
    • CPR certification
    • Instructing patients how to properly brush and floss
    • Preparing restorative and impression materials
    • Infection control
    • Sterilizing techniques
    • Taking, processing and mounting X-rays
    • Digital radiography
    • Following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and universal precautions
    • Maintaining computerized dental records (DENTRIX)
    • Fabricating bleaching trays
    *Upon completion of the required training and exams, students will be certified in CPR, Heart Saver/First Aid through the American Heart Assosiation.
  • Dental Assisting

    Career Opportunities 
    Students who take the complete 2-year, 900-hour course will be eligible to apply those hours  towards the New York State Dental Assisting Certification requirements. Many graduates attend college to pursue further education in dental hygiene, dentistry or other health-related professions, and often use their skills to help pay expenses. Typical job titles in the field of dentistry include Dental Assistant (in private practice, hospitals or dental clinics), Office Manager, Receptionist/Bookkeeper and Dental Product Representative.
    Work Experience Opportunities
    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships, or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:
    • Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC)
    • Newman Orthodontic

  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions criteria: Satisfactory completion of Living Environment course, a competitive passing score on the Living Environment Regents, and strong reading skills.
    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits.
    0.5 credit   Career and Financial Management

    Note:  This course requires students to wear uniforms and to complete physical exams before participating in clinical rotations.

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