Deliver high-quality patient care through student work experiences at local dental offices
Perform a wide range of chairside patient procedures such as taking oral impressions and preparing anesthetic
Work alongside a dental professional using the latest technology such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras
Dental professionals make the world a better place one smile at a time. In our Dental Technology program, students learn the science and skills behind good oral health. As they prepare to pursue employment or postsecondary education in the field of dentistry, students master the following skills:
- Check vital signs, record dental/medical histories and practice standard patient care
- Sterilize instruments, disinfect equipment and implement other infection control measures
- Prepare for and assist with checkups, cleanings, operative dentistry procedures and orthodontics
- Take maxillary, mandibular and panoramic X-rays with traditional and digital equipment
Working in a state-of-the-art program lab outfitted with seven exam stations, students hone their chairside skills by practicing on dental mannequins and each other. They also perform lab duties such as taking impressions, pouring models, trimming casts and making temporary crowns. Later students participate in clinical training at local dental practices and upperclassmen are encouraged to secure internship or co-op positions.
Hands-on training is augmented by instruction on anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. Students also explore dental specialties including oral surgery and pedodontics. Learning to use Eaglesoft, a popular dentist practice management software, is an important element of the program, too.