• Dental Occupations

    Keeping Smiles Bright!

  • Students in this class will explore the dental field, and will focus on specialized training to aid the dentist during examinations and dental procedures. In addition to the core curriculum, students learn to perform medical or dental office procedures, along with laboratory duties and selected chair-side patient care procedures.

    The course offers a combination of book work, academic topics, and hands-on laboratory skills. Cooperative learning and teamwork activities are frequent, as students train in a modern dental laboratory complete with professional-level equipment.

    The class delivers oral hygiene lessons to elementary schools and visits specialty dental offices (orthodontists, oral surgeons, dental labs, etc.).

    Students will learn health industry foundational skills including medical terminology, CPR, first aid, anatomy, physiology, vital signs, patient care skills, ethics, and OSHA health care standards (with a focus on how the dental industry incorporates these standards). Opportunities to further build student leadership skills are also available through membership in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) student organization.

    Success Indicators

    • Strong emphasis on employability skills: Good attendance, productive worker, follows safety rules, daily uniform requirements, positive patient-friendly attitude, and ability to work as a team in a dental environment

    • Self-directed, independent learner: Able to multi-task in a busy classroom/lab/clinic environment

    • Professionalism, good ethical behavior, and teamwork

    • Performing hands-on dental skills and procedures is a requirement

    • Strong reading and writing skills: Able to read and locate information from textbooks and technical materials that are written at a college level with an emphasis on science and medical/dental terminology

    • Able to work independently on a computer based curriculum

    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills are needed as many written assignments are on-line

Dental student
  • Instructor

    Karen Bollheimer, RDH
    (517) 768-5154 

    Baker College
    Davenport University
    Ferris State University
    Jackson College
    Washtenaw Community College
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