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Dental Assisting

This two year course offers students an opportunity to obtain the technical knowledge and the clinical experience for employment in the Dental Assisting field. The program consists of eight credits at the grade 11 and 12 level. (Post High students can complete this program in one year.)

dental_assisting1.jpgAreas of study include:
· Dental Anatomy
· Dental Practice Management
· Four-Handed Dentistry
· Interpersonal Relations
· Intra-Oral Skills
· Introduction to Dental Computer program
· Job Search
· Laboratory
· Life Sciences
· Nutrition
· Professional Development

Dental Assisting Opportunities
Graduates from this program will have the required skills for employment in the following:
· Dental Offices
· Hospitals
· Community Dental Clinics
· Educational Facilities
· Government Public Health Programs

Opportunities in other related areas include:
· Dental Office Manager
· Dental Receptionist
· Sales
· Insurance Companies

Grade 11 (4 Credits) DEAV30
In the first year, students are introduced to the dental profession. Communication skills and management of a dental office are taught. Basic human anatomy (emphasizing head and neck), dental anatomy, chairside assisting, use of dental materials, techniques in sterilization and infection control methods are also taught.

Grade 12 (4 Credits) DEAV40
Four-Handed dentistry technique used in second year continues with dental specialities. Intraoral skills such as dental dam, radiology, sealants, impressions, prophylaxis and fluoride, suture removal, topical anaesthetic, matrix bands and wedges, bases and liners are covered. Students will practice intraoral skills on mannequins, fellow students and patients at Red River College. There is also a work experience practicum at a dental office to give the students an opportunity to apply their acquired skills.


Admission Requirements
· Grade 11 students must complete all grade 10 requirements before entrance into the grade 11/12 program. During the grade 11 year students must complete a grade 12 Biology course
· Post High students must have a grade 12 English, Math, and Science (Biology 40S recommended) before entering the 1 year program
· Upon acceptance into the program all students must submit medical and dental certificates and an immunization record that confirms general good health before the school year commences
· Current Emergency First Aid & CPR level C is required


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