Dental assistant training covers everything from instrument preparation to chair-side assisting techniques
“Dental assisting had been offered at other Harris campuses, and we are thrilled that it has now come to Voorhees,” says Danielle Ulshafer, Director of Education at the Voorhees campus.
Shortly after the program started, the students got to participate in a great learning experience: a field trip! The idea for the field trip began when Kenneth Santos, Extern Coordinator, contacted Compassionate Dental Care, a local Voorhees dental practice. The dental practice generously invited the students to come to their office to take part in the national Give Kids a Smile program, sponsored by the American Dental Association. This is a day when underserved children are offered dental exams.
Students in the dental assistant program had the opportunity to observe a workday in a real dentist’s office and help out with a variety of tasks. “This field trip was an excellent way to get all the students enthusiastic about the program,” explains Maria Ruiz, Program Manager of the Dental Assistant program. “We are grateful to the dentists at Compassionate Dental Care for including us in this event.”
In the dental assistant program at Harris, the coursework begins with dental anatomy, and covers topics such as pathology, dental terminology, and dental materials. Students learn what is expected of them in assisting a dentist at chair-side, as well as how to handle a variety of dental tools. Dental lab procedures are also a part of the curriculum.